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Rape suspect confesses to 1,000 sex offences

An alleged serial rapist admitted before a Düsseldorf court on Monday to having committed more than 1,000 sex offences over two decades, usually luring his victims by faking a disability.

Rape suspect confesses to 1,000 sex offences
Jörg P. in court on Monday. Photo: DPA

The 46-year-old father from the Altenahr district in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, identified as Jörg P., confessed to committing 20 rapes and more than 1,000 other crimes, mostly indecent exposure.

Prosecutors said they were trying the man for only nine rapes or attempted rapes so as not to needlessly prolong the trial, according to daily Bild.

Jörg P. made the admissions at the opening of his trial. The state prosecutor had during earlier proceedings described the case as “unparalleled.”

The man cried as he made a detailed confession. Prior to this, his lawyer Thomas Ohm explained that the charges against the man were true.

The accused said he was sorry and that he could not make amends.

Investigator Claudia Stickelbrock of the Krefeld police said the man had made a comprehensive confession in the spring of this year during a police interrogation lasting hours.

He had admitted crimes beyond those of which he was suspected. His crimes included 20 rapes between 1995 and 2010 in Krefeld, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Aachen, Venlo and Eupen, as well as more than 1,000 other sex crimes, most of which were indecent exposures with so-called “pity ploys” to lure women.

This usually consisted of pretending that he could not move his arms.

“He had lured women and asked them to help him urinate,” said Stickelbrock. “The majority of cases of sexual acts occurred this way.”

State prosecutor Eberhard Harings said Jörg P. could not actually be tried for most of these cases because the woman had voluntarily participated, according to Bild.

Stickelbrock said the accused, a locksmith by trade, got a “special kick out if it when it involved cultured victims,” and had therefore used his tactic predominantly in university cities, targeting students, female doctors and psychologists.

He felt he had been held back by dyslexia and therefore considered every sex crime a success.

“Even on holiday he was active,” said Stickelbrock. “He was with his family at Bodensee. While his wife and children were in the water, he achieved his gratification with the pity ploy.”

Later, such trickery had not sufficed, and he had committed a string of rapes and attempted rapes. The first of these occurred in Venlo. The man often disguised himself with a stocking over his head and armed himself with a knife.

An expert will give evidence at the trial regarding the man’s criminal responsibility based on his mental fitness.

“In cases of diminished criminal responsibility, provisions are made for reduced sentences,” said court spokesman Klaus Schumacher.

The man faces up to 15 years in prison for his crimes but could also be subject to further preventative detention.

The court ruling is expected by October 25.

DAPD/The Local/dw

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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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