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14-year-old boy arrested for assaulting 9-year-old

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for assaulting and seriously harming a 9-year-old-girl last month in North Rhine-Westphalia. The girl had been found critically injured near her home.

14-year-old boy arrested for assaulting 9-year-old
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According to police on Saturday, the boy was spotted by witnesses in the area of the assault and had traces of fibre from the 9-year-old Kassandra’s clothes on him. The boy attends a school for emotionally disturbed youngsters was friends with the girl’s siblings and knew the girl as well.

The boy came to the attention of the investigators not long after Kassandra was found September 15 in critical condition though with no signs of sexual abuse. The day before she had attended a Catholic youth group meeting but did not return home, prompting a call to the police from her worried parents.

Using search dogs, police found Kassandra in a closed gully 1.5 metres below ground. Police say Kassandra’s condition has improved and that she will not suffer any permanent physical impairment from the assault although she is not yet ready to talk to investigators.

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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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