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Uncle of Krailling sisters to be charged with their murder

Authorities are expecting to charge the uncle of the two sisters found dead in their family flat on Wednesday night with their murder, they confirmed on Saturday morning.

Uncle of Krailling sisters to be charged with their murder
Grave of the girls. Photo: DPA

The 50-year-old uncle of the sisters Chiara and Sharon was arrested on Friday after DNA tests linked him to the flat in Krailling where the eight- and 11-year-old girls were killed.

Although there were inconsistencies between his first and second interrogation, the uncle had not admitted their murders, said Markus Kraus, head of the murder commission in Munich on Saturday.

The suspect had made a “distanced and disinterested impression,” he added.

The two girls were killed in their unlocked home in the small Upper Bavaria town while their mother was out. The post-mortem reports showed they were both subjected to “many violent acts of different kinds,” using a knife and part of a barbell. There was no indication of sexual abuse.

The girls were buried on Friday.

The 31 members of the murder squad had checked 141 potential clues which had come in from the public, as well as interviewing 100 people, and testing 91 saliva samples which had been given voluntarily from local people.

The DNA samples linked the 50-year-old uncle to the flat and led to his arrest. Kraus said on Saturday that the killer had seemingly injured himself during the attack and left a blood trace at the scene.

The public prosecutor said charges of double murder would most likely be made against the man on Saturday. Spokeswoman Andrea Titz would not comment on a possible motive, but media reports said the man, himself a father of four, had argued with the girls’ mother over financial matters.

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

READ ALSO: German prosecutors say poaching led to double police murder

The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.

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