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President honours man killed by bullies at Munich S-Bahn station

German President Horst Köhler has posthumously awarded the Federal Cross of Merit to Dominik Brunner, the man who was beaten to death at a Munich S-Bahn stop while trying to protect a group of children from bullies.

President honours man killed by bullies at Munich S-Bahn station
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The president gave the medal to Brunner’s parents on Saturday, his spokesperson Martin Kothéam announced on Sunday.

Brunner, 50, died after a brutal attack by two teenagers, Markus S. and Sebastian L., at the Solln station. The two young men have been charged with murder.

Police said that they had been threatening and demanding money from a group of younger teenagers at an S-Bahn station before following them onto a train, where Brunner intervened.

He called police on his mobile phone and offered to leave the train with the children to make sure they were safe. But after they disembarked, Markus S. and Sebastian L. followed Brunner and attacked him. They hit and kicked him some 22 times within just a few minutes. The children who had exited the train with the man attempted to stop the attackers unsuccessfully, according to state prosecutors.

He died of his injuries in a nearby hospital a few hours later.

“The president sees the award as a sign of gratitude from all people in Germany for the humanity, readiness to help and civil courage that Dominik Brunner selflessly showed when he realised others were in distress,” a statement from Köhler’s office said.

Last Sunday some 1,000 people attended the businessman’s funeral.

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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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