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Man admits stabbing former teacher over poor marks

A 23-year-old man admitted before a Rhineland-Palatinate court on Tuesday to stabbing his former teacher to death for giving him bad marks.

Man admits stabbing former teacher over poor marks
Florian K. in court on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Florian K. told the court in at the opening of his trial in the town of Frankenthal that he had planned to kill other teachers and students in a bloody rampage to avenge years of bullying and mistreatment.

“I wanted to get revenge for years of humiliation,” he told the court.

He stabbed the 58-year-old male teacher to death in a secluded stairwell at the vocational school in the city of Ludwigshafen after luring him there on a pretext and then locking him in.

Prosecutors have previously said that further deaths or injuries were averted only because two police patrols responded quickly to a smoke alarm the young man set off by trying to light a fire.

Four police with guns drawn managed to persuade Florian K. to put down the knife and starter pistol he was carrying. Authorities then quickly evacuated the school, which had about 3,200 students inside.

Florian K. had been bullied for years at the school, he told the court on Tuesday. He was picked on both physically and mentally as early as elementary school because he was overweight, he said.

“I cannot imagine that the teachers there never noticed anything,” he said.

He showed no remorse for his crime, though he admitted having asked himself “whether such a crime was the right step.”

According to his lawyer Gabriele Haas, Florian K. suffered from a personality disorder.

“He cannot express his feelings,” she said.

Florian K. stabbed the 58-year-old teacher from Darmstadt to death on February 18 because the teacher had given him poor marks, the young man told the court. After that, he had been “goalless” at school, he said.

After the stabbing, Florian K. went through the school and lit a bright flare known as a “Bengali fire.”

He then fired at the school headmaster with a starter pistol. Investigators later found a cache of imitation guns, munitions and chemicals at Florian K.’s home.

They also found a hit-list with the names of teachers, students, and former supervisors and employees at a job centre. Prior to committing the crime, Florian K. had been in a job centre assistance program.

He also told investigators he had previously planned to carry out a similar crime in 2008 but had ditched the idea.

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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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