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Irish filmmaker stabbed by masked teens in Berlin

A 57-year-old Irish filmmaker was stabbed in an attempted robbery by three masked teenagers during an evening stroll in Berlin’s Schöneberg district, police confirmed to The Local on Friday.

Irish filmmaker stabbed by masked teens in Berlin
Photo: Martin Duffy

Martin Duffy, who lives in Berlin with his German wife, was out for a walk around 8:30 pm on Thursday in his neighbourhood, when the youths approached from behind on Haberlandstrasse and demanded money, police spokesperson Sarah Wachholz said.

“A scuffle ensued and he was stabbed in the belly,” Wachholz said. “Remarkably he didn’t realise he had been stabbed until after he arrived back at his nearby home.”

Duffy called police and was immediately transported to the nearby Elisabeth Klinik, where doctors successfully operated on the wound.

“He was moved out of intensive care this morning and the surgeons said he was very lucky because he was wearing a heavy winter coat and the blade only went in about four or five centimetres,” long-time friend and Berlin-based Irish actor John Keogh told The Local after a visit to the hospital. “He’s in good form but obviously very rattled by the experience.”

Duffy put up a good fight against his attackers, Keogh said, punching, kicking and roaring at them until they gave up and walked away without the money they had demanded.

“He’s a bit mad, that sounds like something he might do,” Duffy’s son, 35-year-old Hamburg-based computer games specialist Bernie Duffy, told The Local, adding that his father had martial arts training and a scrappy Dublin-upbringing on his side.

The elder Duffy was able to provide police with a description of the three attackers, believed to be between the ages of 14 and 16, but Wachholz said identification could prove difficult because they were masked.

His Schöneberg neighbourhood is not known for exceptional criminal activity, she added.

Martin Duffy is a filmmaker, editor and writer who recently finished “The Summer of the Flying Saucer,” a family film about a UFO crashing in rural Ireland in the 1960s.

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

READ ALSO: German prosecutors say poaching led to double police murder

The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.

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