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Ninjas save German student from alley robbery in Sydney

Australian ninjas have rescued a German medical student being robbed in an alleyway in Sydney, media reports said on Wednesday.

Ninjas save German student from alley robbery in Sydney
Photo: DPA

The 27-year-old German had just gotten off a train when three men followed and attacked him in a Kingswood alley, New South Wales police told the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC).

But the assault happened to take place just behind the Ninja Senshi Ryu warrior school, where a person leaving a martial arts class witnessed the scuffle and called for backup from a teacher and three other pupils, the broadcaster said.

“We looked around to see what was happening and there were three blokes on this guy just kicking him and punching him in the head,” Ninja sensei Kaylan Soto told ABC.

“We started running towards them and they took off. They would have seen five of us in ninja gear…all in black with our belts on, running toward them,” he added.

ABC reported that police later picked up 16-year-old and 20-year-old suspects. Both men have been charged with the robbery, but officers are still looking for a third suspect between 15 and 17-years-old.

“I think they’re probably still running if I’m not mistaken,” Soto told ABC.

According to news agency AP, the German victim sustained minor injuries, and his assailants managed to make off with his mobile phone and iPod.

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CRIME

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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