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Father of Winnenden school shooter charged with manslaughter

Prosecutors in the German state of Baden-Württemberg on Friday pressed manslaughter charges against the father of a 17-year-old boy who killed 15 people during a rampage started at his old school in March.

Father of Winnenden school shooter charged with manslaughter
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Tim Kretschmer’s father, a successful local businessman, legally kept more than a dozen weapons at his house, one of which – a 9mm Beretta pistol – was used to deadly effect by his son in the picturesque southwestern town of Winnenden in March.

Prosecutors said his father, “negligently made possible the actions of his son in that he stored the weapons … in such a way that Tim could get his hands on a gun and a large amount of ammunition.”

He has been charged with 15 counts of manslaughter, 13 counts of grievous bodily harm and breaking gun laws, the prosecution statement added.

On March 11, the masked teen burst into his former school and picked off nine fellow pupils and three teachers, mostly with expert execution-style shots to the head.

A further three people lost their lives in a dramatic chase and shoot-out with police before, cornered, Kretschmer turned the gun on himself.

It was the worst school shooting in Germany since April 2002, when 19-year-old Robert Steinhäuser, a disgruntled student from Erfurt in eastern Germany who had been expelled, killed 16 people and then himself.

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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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