SHARE
COPY LINK

CRIME

Police search for suitcase baby suspect

Hamburg police on Tuesday said they had received several tips after releasing a video of a man suspected of abandoning a baby in a suitcase last week.

Police search for suitcase baby suspect
Photo: DPA

The surveillance video released on Monday was taken at the port city’s central Dammtor S-Bahn commuter train station, close to where the newborn infant was discovered shut in a suitcase.

Just a few days old, the healthy baby girl was found outside the city’s CCH convention centre around 7:30 pm on January 4.

The video taken around 3 pm that day shows a young man with short dark hair and black clothing, carrying a suitcase that bore the same branding as the luggage in which the infant was found – Omica.

Last week daily Bild reported that “a well-dressed man” told CCH doorman Naji Habib: “There’s a suitcase outside, please take care of it.” After Habib had a member of the security staff bring it inside, he heard noises but didn’t think it was coming from the piece of luggage.

“Half an hour later I heard crying again and I opened the suitcase with a colleague,” he told the paper. “There was a pretty little girl, dressed in a romper suit, cap and in a baby sleeping bag.”

The baby, who has been named Marie, was taken to a clinic and pronounced in good health.

The police said the infant had not been delivered in a professional setting owing to how the umbilical cord had been cut.

Marie continues to thrive and will be placed with a foster family sometime next week, police said, adding that a number of potential parents around the world have expressed an interest in adopting the little girl.

DPA/DAPD/The Local/ka

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

CRIME

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.

SHOW COMMENTS