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Kosovar cousins jailed for vicious Munich U-Bahn beating

DPA/The Local · 5 Jan 2010, 15:34

Published: 05 Jan 2010 15:34 GMT+01:00

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The Munich regional court found the two men, who were aged 18 and 19 at the time of the attack, guilty of attempted murder, sentencing the younger man to seven years and his older cousin to five years’ jail.

Together with another man, who has already been sentenced, the pair knocked down a 23-year-old carpenter in July 1996 after he took them to task for smoking in the station, where it was forbidden.

The younger man then stabbed the victim with a knife 10 times in the upper body, including one thrust aimed right at the man’s heart, which was stopped only by his wallet.

The victim fell onto the train track and had to use his last strength to climb back onto the platform. He had to undergo several operations and was in a critical condition for weeks. He remains limited to 60 percent of normal movement.

Both the perpetrators sentenced Tuesday were Albanian Kosovars who had fled their homeland, where Albanians were facing persecution by Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.

One was arrested in Switzerland in December 2008 and the other in autumn of 2009 in Italy.

The sentencing follows other high-profile attacks on Munich public transport that have caused deep public anguish in the Bavarian capital. Last October, Dominik Brunner, 50, was beaten to death after stepping in to protect a group of youths from a gang of older bullies who were demanding money.

And in December of 2007, two young men attacked and nearly killed a retired teacher after he also admonished them for smoking. They received 12 years and eight-and-a-half years’ prison respectively.

The court’s senior judge said the present case showed violence on Munich’s public transport was nothing new.

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“The case shows that 13 years ago, there was violence in the U-Bahn, just as it makes headlines today,” the judge said.

The other attacker was given three years in a juvenile prison but was released after just one year.

In the trial against cousins, he refused to give testimony supporting the cousins' claim they had been responding to the xenophobic aggression of the carpenter they attacked.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

16:01 January 5, 2010 by frankiep
5 years and 7 years for stabbing someone ten times and attempted murder is what passes for a "hefty" sentence? Sounds pretty damn weak to me.
16:17 January 5, 2010 by lordwilliams629
In america these animals would have got 20-30 years and thats if they had a clean record.
17:53 January 5, 2010 by Heinrich der Zweite
16:17 January 5, 2010 by lordwilliams629

In america these animals would have got 20-30 years and thats if they had a clean record.

And without any doubt at all , in England as well. These andy pandy sentences in Germany drive me nuts. Do these judges pass sentences only when they've got brown trousers on or what. The law stipulations here are pathetic.
19:43 January 5, 2010 by auslanderus
Can someone explain to me why these sh-t heads have there faces blocked out? Are they not proud for almost killing someone? Would think they would want there faces be seen to show smart and proud they are. Then to get 5&7 years for what they did is a slap to all German faces.
21:48 January 5, 2010 by martell
A ridiculous sentence. Another "poor refugee rooted in a different culture" bonus? And who needs all these Balkanese in Europe? Culturally they are orientals and known everywhere (yes, everywhere) as reckless trouble-makers. Good night, Europe.
10:05 January 6, 2010 by The-ex-pat
16:17 January 5, 2010 by lordwilliams629

In america these animals would have got 20-30 years and thats if they had a clean record.

And without any doubt at all , in England as well.

You are well out of touch with English justice. They animals would have probably got community service and fine that they can pay at a few pence a week for the next 20 years. UK judges are so out of the reality loop you would not believe it. To get a prison sentence, it is best if you are pensioner who puts your rubbish bin out an hour too early, get fined 200 pounds and refuse to pay. Then we are looking at jail time. There would also been calls for deportation, but as that would infringe there human rights, they would be allowed to stay
10:08 January 6, 2010 by MJTinNOLA
I agree. Just last week they sentenced the honor killing guy who killed his OWN sister to seven years. Apparently, human life is cheap in Germany, and justice has no home here. Very disturbing. Oh, and just so you know that there really is no place for justice here in Germany: did you know as legal foreign residents, we do not have equal protection under Gerrman law? As a citizen of the US legally living in Germany, I can be discriminated against just because I am a foreigner. NICE work Germany. Good way to ignore your debt to history.
12:23 January 6, 2010 by star15
I thought 10 years ago these Kosovars were the good guys and worth fighting for?
12:46 January 6, 2010 by Wabit
Simply a sign of our modern society and our inability in coming to terms with the society that we have created in our headlong rush to the end of the Rainbow.
07:58 January 15, 2010 by DoubleDTown
Those sentences are indeed ridiculously short. Here's a real life analogous comparison: "A Cook County judge sentenced a Chicago man to 28 years in prison for slashing the throat of a woman with a hunting knife as she walked near a Metra train station in Blue Island in 2005." So in Chicago the criminal almost killed someone near public transit and got 28 years, four times as long a sentence as in Germany for a similar crime.

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