Deadly Lörrach rampage was premeditated

The killing spree that left four dead and 18 injured in Lörrach last weekend was at least partly planned in advance, investigators said on Friday after finding “extraordinary quantities” of explosive liquids in the murderer's apartment.

Deadly Lörrach rampage was premeditated
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The 41-year-old lawyer Sabine R. had amassed about 50 litres of Nitrocellulose lacquer, between 10 and 20 litres of gasoline and several litres of ethyl alcohol. The three substances make up an explosive combination, and were used to blow up an apartment on September 19 after she killed her ex-partner and their five-year-old son.

On Tuesday autopsies revealed that she had first knocked her son unconscious and then smothered him with a plastic bag, and that the father of her child had died of two bullet wounds to the head and neck.


After leaving the apartment, Sabine R., a recreational markswoman, went to the neighbouring St Elizabeth Hospital with a legally owned 22-calibre sports pistol and a knife, shooting at a few passersby on the way, before killing an orderly in the gynaecological ward and injuring a police officer before she was shot dead by other officers.

Earlier in the week media reports said that the woman had a miscarriage at the hospital in 2004, but on Friday investigators in the southwestern city said that she had also been turned down for a job in the hospital administration in 2006.

The motive for her deadly rampage seems to have been personal frustration, investigators said.

“According to the information available, the woman had a hard time with the separation from her husband and child,” a statement from the public prosecutor’s office said. “She also had difficulties finding her feet professionally.“

Her husband had left her for a new girlfriend in June, the statement added.

Sabine R. had also sought psychotherapy following several miscarriages, but did not stay in treatment long-term – something her husband had encouraged, investigators said.

She had also planned to take a course on hunting, and had stored three of her four weapons with a local hunter. She used the fourth weapon during her deadly rampage.

The 56-year-old hospital orderly, who Sabine R. shot three times in the head and stabbed several times in the upper body, was buried on Friday. With his death, he likely prevented the slaughter of several others, prosecutors said in a statement.

The woman had more than 300 rounds of ammunition on hand, but he managed to stall her for a “lengthy period of time” until the first police officer arrived on the scene.

Both Protestant and Catholic churches in Lörrach have memorial services planned for the victims of the rampage on Saturday.


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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.

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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.