Pastor sacked for sex in Hamburg church

A pastor in Hamburg has been fired and is being investigated on suspicion of sexual assault for having drunken sex with a parishioner in his church, media reported Friday.

Pastor sacked for sex in Hamburg church
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Clergyman Michael G., a 49-year-old father of three, had sex with a 32-year-old woman in his church in the city’s Altona district on November 17 last year, daily Bild reported.

The incident took place on an important holy day, the Day of Repentance and Prayer. The pastor’s sermon included the Biblical proverb: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

The pastor had held an evening service and then served red wine and finger food to his parishioners. Many stayed, including a 32-year-old woman who was also a member of the parish council.

The quiet drink appears to have gradually developed into a private party.

“The pastor kept filling glasses,” the woman told Bild.

Shortly after midnight, the woman and Michael G. were the only two people left.

“I wanted to go home, but then I didn’t feel well. I could not stand and I felt queasy and dizzy,” the woman said. “I sat down on a pew. Suddenly his nose was in front of my face. Then someone was fumbling around with my pants. Later I heard moaning.”

She could not remember any more than that, she said. She woke the next morning on the ground between the pews.

“There were cushions under me. I was naked from the waist down, without my pants and knickers. My legs were covered with the pastor’s robes. He was lying behind me.”

A few days later the the pastor sent the woman several emails apologizing for his behaviour. She decided to report the incident and informed the police.

The state prosecutor’s office is now investigating the pastor on suspicion of sexual assault.

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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.