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Wedding party turns into mass fight with restaurant staff

A wedding party in Bavaria turned into such a nasty fight that police are investigating for a possible attempted murder charge.

Wedding party turns into mass fight with restaurant staff
Thought of everything for the big day? Don't forget bandages. Photo: DPA

The party on Sunday in the upper Bavaria town of Taufkirchen, ended with a mass fight in which six people were seriously hurt, two so badly that they ended up in hospital.

The fight was only broken up when the initial police officers who showed up at the restaurant called for back up to help pull scrapping guests and staff off each other.

The reason why the wedding party turned into a mass fight is not yet clear, but it appears that some of the 300 guests had an argument with some of the restaurant staff, which got completely out of hand.

A group of around 30 guests apparently became physically involved in the fight. Five suspects were arrested.

The bride and groom could not be found on Monday.

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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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