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Two teens arrested for beating man to death

Two German teenagers arrested after beating a 50-year-old man to death at a regional express train station in Munich are likely to be charged with attempted murder and could face long jail sentences, police said on Sunday.

Two teens arrested for beating man to death
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Police said that the 17- and 18-year-olds had been threatening and demanding money from a group of four younger teenagers travelling on a train when the 50-year-old Munich businessman intervened.

He called police on his mobile phone and offered to leave the train with the children to make sure they were safe.

As they left the train at the Solln train station, the older teenagers followed and set upon the man.

Public prosecutor Larent Lafleur said in a press conference on Sunday the attack was an act of revenge and was morally at the lowest level.

The accused teenagers deliberately kicked the man in the fact, he said.

The man was left for dead, and the emergency services were called to the scene but doctors were unable to save the man’s life and he died onSaturday evening in the hospital from severe head injuries.

The teenagers are both said to be without work or training positions, and are both said to have criminal records for a number of offences.

They had run off after the attack but were arrested shortly afterwards.

Bavarian state interior minister Joachim Herrmann said, “I am appalled at this latest case of senseless and brutal violence.” He said it was a, “shocking example of the worrying increase in youth crime.”

Several brutal attacks have taken place in the past on Munich’s transportation system, including one which provoked a national debate on toughening the fight against juvenile delinquency.

The case in 2007 involved a 76-year-old pensioner who was beaten up by some youths at a Munich metro station after he asked them to put out their cigarettes. His two attackers were sentenced to long prison terms in July 2008.

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101-year-old former Nazi guard pleads innocent in German trial

A 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard on Monday once again denied being complicit in war crimes during the Holocaust as his trial drew to a close in Germany.

101-year-old former Nazi guard pleads innocent in German trial

Josef Schütz, the oldest person so far to face trial over Nazi crimes during World War II, is accused of involvement in the murders of 3,518 prisoners at the Sachsenhausen camp in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, between 1942 and 1945.

The pensioner, who now lives in Brandenburg state, has pleaded innocent throughout the trial, saying he did “absolutely nothing” and was not aware of the gruesome crimes being carried out at the camp.

“I don’t know why I am here,” he said again at the close of the proceedings, his voice wavering.

Dressed in a grey shirt and pyjama bottoms and sitting in a wheelchair, Schütz insisted he had had nothing to do with the atrocities and was “telling the truth”.

READ ALSO: Ex-Nazi death camp secretary who fled trial to face court in Germany

Prosecutors say he “knowingly and willingly” participated in the crimes as a guard at the camp and are seeking to punish him with five years behind bars.

But Schütz’s lawyer, Stefan Waterkamp, said that since there were no photographs of him wearing an SS uniform, the case was based on “hints” of his possible involvement.

“As early as 1973, investigators had information about him but did not pursue him. At the time, witnesses could have been heard but now they are all dead or no longer able to speak,” Waterkamp said.

Former Nazi guard

The 101-year-old former Nazi guard covers his face at the Neuruppin courthouse. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Fabian Sommer

It would be a mistake for the court to try to “make up for the mistakes of a previous generation of judges”, the lawyer said.

Antoine Grumbach, 80, whose father died in Sachsenhausen, told AFP Schuetz “does not want to remember”, calling it “a form of defence”.

The trial was not just about “putting a centenarian in prison”, he said. It had also produced evidence that Sachsenhausen was an “experimental extermination camp”.

“All the cruellest methods were invented there and then exported,” Grumbach said.

READ ALSO: Trials of aging Nazis a ‘reminder for the present’, says German prosecutor

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