German woman found stabbed to death on Italian motorway

Italian police are investigating the murder of a German woman whose body was found next to a motorway in the Calabria region on Saturday.

German woman found stabbed to death on Italian motorway
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The 40-year-old woman had been stabbed to death, Italian newspapers reported on Sunday, but they also said that the woman had been dead for two days before her body was found.

She was not killed on the motorway, but her body had been dumped next to the road not far from the town of Cosenza.

Detectives have told Turin-based newspaper La Stampa that the woman, named only as Petra S., had a surprising amount of personal documentation with her.

The handbag found with her body contained not only a purse with money in it, but also bank documents, savings books, credit cards and a number of letters written to people in Germany.

The Italian police have released a photograph of the woman in an appeal for information.

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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.

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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.