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Cindy Crawford’s blackmailer receives two years in prison

A German court jailed a 26-year-old man for two years on Tuesday for trying to blackmail Cindy Crawford out of €100,000 with a photo of the former model’s young daughter gagged and bound to a chair.

Cindy Crawford's blackmailer receives two years in prison
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“The attempt at blackmail was well-advanced until it failed,” said Judge Joachim Spieth, of the court in the town of Kirchheim unter Teck in Baden-Württemberg.

The sentenced man, Edis Kayalar, had threatened to sell the photo to the media. The photo was apparently taken by Crawford’s daughter’s former nanny and showed the girl, then aged seven, tied to a chair wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

The girl told her parents, who were unaware of the image, that the nanny had taken the photograph as part of a “cops and robbers” game.

Kayalar, a friend of the nanny, took possession of the photo and threatened Crawford, 44, and her husband Rande Gerber with its release unless they met his demands, officials said.

The couple reported the extortion attempt as soon as Kayalar approached them, authorities said, triggering an FBI investigation. Kayalar then fled to Germany.

A professional model who was already known to police for drug offences, Kayalar received the maximum sentence of two years for the extortion attempt.

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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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