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Weatherman Kachelmann arrested for alleged rape

Prosecutors in Mannheim confirmed on Monday that Germany’s most famous weatherman Jörg Kachelmann was being held in custody under suspicion of raping his long-time girlfriend.

Weatherman Kachelmann arrested for alleged rape
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Daily Bild had reported earlier that the meteorologist for public broadcaster ARD was arrested on Saturday at Frankfurt Airport upon his return from Canada, where he had been covering the weather during the Olympics in Vancouver.

Originally from Switzerland, the 51-year-old Kachelmann allegedly forced his girlfriend to have sex in her apartment in the Rhein-Neckar county in February after they had an argument.

“The accusations are wrong and completely made up,” Kachelmann’s lawyer Ralf Höcker.

Prosecutors said they decided to arrest the affable meteorologist and television presenter since there was danger he could flee the country.

But Stefanie Schlesz, a spokeswoman for Kachelmann’s firm Meteomedia, said she was confident he would soon be released from jail.

“We believe this to be a misunderstanding that will most certainly be cleared up soon,” she said.

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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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