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Man throws firecracker at crying child

An annoyed resident of Berlin’s Treptow district responded to the sound of a crying child on a playground by pelting it with an illegal firecracker, the Berliner Morgenpost daily reported on Tuesday.

Man throws firecracker at crying child
Photo: DPA

The 29-year-old man was reportedly angered by the noise next to his apartment building, which had woken him on a Sunday afternoon.

As one of the mothers who witnessed the incident later explained to the police, the young child had been playing within the designated fenced area of the playground when he had fallen and hurt himself. His loud cries annoyed the sixth-floor resident of the adjacent tower block.

Eyewitnesses told the paper that the man initially leaned out of the window and shouted at the child to be quiet as he was sleeping. He then threw a powerful firecracker, later classified as coming from Poland and illegal in Germany, from the window towards the playground.

“The explosion from the Polish firecracker burned an area of grass of around 30 square centimetres,” said a police spokesman.

After witnesses called the police, a stash of seven more illegal firecrackers was found and confiscated by the authorities.

The man was charged with attempted bodily harm and breaching explosives law, as the confiscated firecrackers were classed as illegal for import to Germany.

Other residents of the building also reported that this was not the first time the man had responded to the sound of the children by throwing fireworks into the playground.

But it seems that the man was in good company, as a father of two who lived on the seventh floor has also been seen throwing bangers down from his apartment into the same play area.

The Local/rm

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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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