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Brunner died of heart failure, not injuries admits prosecutor

The Local · 17 Jul 2010, 10:36

Published: 17 Jul 2010 10:36 GMT+02:00

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Der Spiegel reported on Saturday it had received confirmation from the prosecutor that Brunner, whose death at the Solln train station last September shocked the country, had suffered from an extremely enlarged heart – and died of heart failure.

The 50-year-old manager had intervened when he saw the now 19-year-old Markus Schiller and 18-year-old Sebastian Leibinger intimidating and trying to extort money from a group of children on a commuter train.

He offered to escort the children from the station, but the older pair followed him and an altercation followed, in which the court heard Brunner hit out first, but was then overpowered by the two teenagers. They continued to kick and punch him ever after he had hit his head on a metal handrail and fallen to the ground, the court heard.

Prosecutors had been aiming for a murder conviction, but this was made significantly more difficult by the testimony that Brunner had hit first, and could be completely torpedoed by this latest admission.

Der Spiegel reported that Brunner did not suffer any broken bones which could have led to his death during the attack. And the fact he had an enlarged heart has until now been kept from the public.

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The magazine said the prosecution had formulated its charges in a vague fashion, saying that Brunner died ‘from the consequences of the attack of the accused’.

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11:05 July 17, 2010 by pepsionice
I think the punks are off the hook. You might have a minor assault charge to stand but it's three months in jail for that. So they walk free. This entire story consumed Germany for ten days and outraged the public greatly. And now that we know these two little tidbits of the entire story....it's just not the same story anymore.
11:18 July 17, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
This changes nothing!
23:36 July 18, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
How do we know that Mr. Brunner didn't intend serious injury or more for the boys when he first attacked?

His ill health must be considered when in fact he died in the course of the altercation, did they really cause his death?

Do we know for a fact the boys would have fought Mr. Brunner had he not attacked?

And lastly, Is it possible Mr. Brunner caused his own unfortunate end by acting hastily when there were other options available?
15:00 July 19, 2010 by scout1067
If the punks had not been hassling and trying to extort money from the children he would not have gotten involved in the first place. They are indeed culpable but given the pathetic German legal system they will probably get off with a light sentence and perhaps a stern talking to by the judge. In the meantime, this guy is still dead after trying to help some kids he didn¦#39;t know.

What a great world huh?
11:56 July 20, 2010 by Legal E
German lawyers are just stupid. Simple prosecution, "He felt is life was in danger" and acted in self defense. The result was a disappropriate use of force by two assailants. Now what is so difficult about that prosecution case... jeez boys, forget about your Dr.Dr and practice law.
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