Sisters found murdered in Lower Saxony

The bodies of a four-month-old girl and her five-year-old sister were discovered Tuesday morning by their grandfather in Lower Saxony – just three weeks after the gruesome murder of two sisters in Bavaria.

Both girls had suffered stab wounds, police said. They were called to the scene in the town of Langelsheim, near Goslar, shortly after 8am Tuesday by the girls’ grandfather. The mother, 34, was still the scene and she is now the focus of the investigation, police said.

A third daughter, also five, was taken to hospital with superficial cuts. She was being cared for by her grandparents.

The grandfather phoned the emergency services Tuesday morning and said he had just discovered the bodies of his two grandchildren in the house, police said. Paramedics rushed to the scene, but the children were already dead.

The Braunschweig state prosecutor ordered a forensic examination of the crime scene Tuesday. Police and the prosecutor’s office refused to comment further.

However a press conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Just three weeks ago, the bodies of two sisters, aged eight and 11, were found by their own mother in Krailling, Bavaria. The girls’ 50-year-old uncle is the chief suspect in that case.

DPA/The Local/djw

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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.