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Six officers remove raging bride from dry cleaner’s store

A bride-to-be in the Lower Saxony city of Osnabrück went berserk in a dry cleaner’s shop upon discovering her wedding dress had been stolen, police confirmed on Thursday.

Six officers remove raging bride from dry cleaner's store
They still tied the knot despite the missing gown. Photo: DPA

“She really lost it,” a police spokesperson told news agency DPA.

Brazilian-born Rosinerie Bensmann told the newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung the stress of losing her treasured gown just two days before the nuptials was too much to bear.

“She freaked out, screamed at the owner and ripped clothing from the stands,” the paper said. “An employee of the dry cleaner’s called the police out of fear, and it took six of them to get her out.”

The bride found another gown to wear on loan, but said it would be impossible to replace her original gown, which she bought 15 years before her wedding.

“The dress is gone and was our responsibility,” the store owner told the paper. “It’s clear that we will pay for it.”

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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