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Swiss schoolboys jailed over Munich assaults

The Local · 22 Nov 2010, 15:17

Published: 22 Nov 2010 15:17 GMT+01:00

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Mike B. and Benjamin D., both 16 at the time of the rampage in June 2009, were found guilty of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm. They were sentenced to seven years, and four years and 10 months, respectively.

The third attacker, Ivan Z., was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and sentenced to two years, 10 months’ jail.

The trio had been in the Bavarian capital on a class trip from Switzerland to mark the end of their exams. They were celebrating with other classmates by drinking and smoking marijuana in a park.

At some point the mood changed decisively and the trio went on a rampage, first attacking three men in the park, then seriously bashing a businessman, causing life-threatening injuries, and finally beating up another student. The businessman, a father from Ratingen in North Rhine-Westphalia, needed several operations and still has not fully recovered from his injuries.

Shortly after the attacks, state prosecutor Laurent Lafleur told Focus magazine that one of the victims had been a disabled man from Macedonia whom the trio beat until he lost consciousness.

One of the attackers then took a run up and kicked his head which was flopping over the edge of a park bench.

“One can only speak of good luck that the man did not suffer a broken neck and die,” said Lafleur.

During the eight month trial, which took place behind closed doors because the defendants were minors, the trio apologised and reached an agreement to pay compensation to four of their victims.

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The state prosecutor had called for Mike B. to be sentenced to nine years’ jail, Benjamin D. to seven years and Ivan Z. to six.

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16:35 November 22, 2010 by Landmine
pretty lenient sentences for what was done, thy should have had at least 10 years....
16:42 November 22, 2010 by jamano
Is this their first crime? Sounds like they were pretty experienced in what they were doing.
17:04 November 22, 2010 by derExDeutsche
'drinking and smoking marijuana in a park'

I wasn't aware that it is possible to both drink AND smoke marijuana, I will have to try that next time I am in Munich.

I hope 7 Years is enough time for them to reconsider their actions. I would imagine so.
20:07 November 22, 2010 by auslanderus
I for one do not feel the boys got a long enough time behind bars when the ones they harmed will suffer a lot longer.
20:08 November 22, 2010 by markoneill
This is what they call "lengthy"? They beat a disabled man unconscious and another so badly he needed several operations? And for this, 7 years is the best the judge can come up?

Wow, crime really does pay in Germany. I can only imagine the rage that their victims must be feeling tonight.
22:34 November 22, 2010 by Lachner
No one has the right to violently attack another human reason without a self-defensive reason so I'm glad that these young men will pay for their crimes and hopefully they will meditate plenty about the consequences of their actions. I hope that all the victims recover successfully from this tragic event.
07:13 November 23, 2010 by vonSchwerin
Once again, German judges fail to issue seriously lengthy sentence for potential murderers. These young men aren't serving absurdly short terms, but their sentences are still too short for the crimes they committed.
09:27 November 23, 2010 by Legal E
While in another court, person X got 10 years for withholding tax...
10:49 November 23, 2010 by Talonx
@ all

You're just as malicious as these kids, you all know very well that jail is not rehabilitation. It's only purpose for you folks seems to be punishment, which is the least powerful deterrent or reinforcer of any behavior(especially extended over time and in such low levels). That's what the science has told us since the 1800s.

If you accept science and you accept that most jails in the world don't try to rehabilitate (the German situation is actually a bit better than many others, cf. U.S.), then, as I said, you are all acting just as maliciously as these boys did.

It makes you happy that these kids are getting punished, but it doesn't fix anything, it makes things worse. Most end up coming out of jails, which are for punishment and segregation, worse than when they went in and society ends up suffering for that.

How does wasting or injuring more lives solve the problem of people wasting and injuring others lives?
13:14 November 23, 2010 by markoneill
@Talonx : if you were one of the victims, or you were related to one of the victims, you would not be in such a liberal forgiving mood. These little a**h*les almost killed a disabled man and probably made the businessman have severe psychological issues for the rest of his life. I'm sorry but if it's sympathy they want, they are not going to get it from me.
13:35 November 23, 2010 by Bravo2
When citizens are armed these types of crimes can be avoided or ended swiftly. I understand that allowing common citizens to be armed is a laughable idea in Germany. But to use an example from this tragic incident, had that business man been able to produce a gun or pistol when confronted, I bet those hoodlums would have sobered up rather quickly. It is a different mindset but don't dismiss it entirely because it makes perfect sense. The police cannot be in every corner. An armed citizenry is guaranteed its freedom.
15:43 November 23, 2010 by The UG

quote: "When citizens are armed these types of crimes can be avoided or ended swiftly"

If people would be allowed to run around with guns these three kids would not have kicked people - the would have shot them in the back.

Arming people is no means of peace - it just makes it easier for idiots to cause harm.
19:40 November 23, 2010 by yanksavage
@ The UG. Your argument has no merrit, it is just what you imagine. There are towns in the US that REQUIRE it's citizens to own handguns and these towns have the lowest crime rate in the US. Google Kennesaw Georgia to see for yourself. It's a suburb of Atlanta and not a redneck villiage as you might think. Educate yourself.
08:31 November 24, 2010 by VMan
Crime by teenagers and Neo Nazis mainly assaults and beatings continues to be on the rise here in Germany. Also robberies with beatings are on the rise.
09:26 November 24, 2010 by Duscholux
@ Yanksavage: Kennesaw, Georgia; Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.

So on that basis I am not required to own a gun because I may object also if I am below a certain standard of living (bigoted) I am not allowed to possess a firearm? I wonder who makes up the rules... perhaps the racist "city of Kennesaw"? I'll bet the majority of gun licence holders are white!
11:16 November 24, 2010 by George Palmer
These sentences are hardly a deterrent. It seems the German courts are as pathetic as the British ones. Ten years would have been far to short for these animals. They should be locked up and the key thrown away. End of.
17:23 November 24, 2010 by mixxim
Vman - Teenagers and neonazis! Actually these swiss students were members of the Swiss Socialist Workers Party, but don't let facts befuddle your brain, it might lead to sense.
20:23 November 24, 2010 by lordkorner
Bravo2,your comments are idiotic.
21:28 November 24, 2010 by tianju
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08:28 November 25, 2010 by OkieinBerlin
Yanksavage, once you arm all citizens, you will NOT have a safer society, you will have a society of armed idiots. And don't tell me than an armed society suffers less crime -- just look at crime statistics in the US compared to anywhere in Europe. Keep your sickening NRA-drafted lies on your side of the Atlantic. And Bravo2, your philosophy of gun-ownership is for idiots.
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