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Charges filed in Berlin metro beating case

The Local · 5 May 2011, 15:39

Published: 05 May 2011 15:39 GMT+02:00

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The young man, previously identified as Torben P., is accused of attacking the 29-year-old man at Friedrichstraße U-Bahn station. In a surveillance video, Torben P. appears to stomp on the man’s head repeatedly. The victim was knocked unconscious and is currently recovering.

The assailant and another suspect subsequently turned themselves into police but Torben P. was immediately released on bail by a judge, prompting outrage throughout Germany.

Gisela von der Aue, Berlin’s justice minister, told RBB Inforadio that prosecutors have responded quickly to the case. Charges of versuchter Totschlag, which is similar to causing grievous bodily harm are being pursued.

Martin Stelzer, a spokesman for the city's prosecutors office, confirmed the charges, but said he couldn’t elaborate until they have officially been served on the suspect. It is not clear whether charges have also been filed against the second suspect.

But von der Aue defended the decision to release Torben P. from jail, saying the rule of law had been closely followed.

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19:42 May 5, 2011 by Bryant2012
What an unfortunate incident. I wish the victim a speedy recovery. This recent rash of attacks in the subway systems in Germany has caused me to reconsider my personal and family protection measures. Before I could walk the streets without a care in the world. That was the Germany of old. ¦quot;If you see somebody getting their heads bashed into a pulp, walk slowly towards the scene and maybe you¦#39;ll scare them away.¦quot; This is a quote from the local Police. The most ridiculous official comment I¦#39;ve ever heard. This was not a bunch of birds feasting on break crumbs. The criminals have the upper hand in Germany. They carry guns, knives, and telescope sticks. They could care less about the laws that are structured to discourage hideous acts like this and many others. Germany is becoming more and more like the land of the lawless and the law abiding citizens are the victims. Thank goodness that I don¦#39;t use the subways but if I did, you can rest assure that I¦#39;ll take measures to ensure the safety of myself and most importantly my family. The passerby¦#39;s on the scene should be ashamed of themselves. How could I forget, Germans only show aggressions when behind the wheel of a car. I bet if that would have been a dog getting bashed, everybody would jump in while others are notifying the authorities. A dog.
22:04 May 5, 2011 by FredFinger
Well said Bryant2012. Well said!
10:45 May 6, 2011 by raandy
Bryant2012 a lot of truth in what you said,unfortunate it is that way.

The Justice system here is to weak to deal with the ever increasing violence.The people just stand around and watch this afraid of helping a person being beaten for no reason other than a few punks getting their cookies off. sad.
12:26 May 6, 2011 by Angry Ami

You're right on the money there, I can remember back when I first moved to Berlin, coming home after a film shoot at 2 in the morning, on the night bus, no sweat, nobody bothered me, but nowadays you can forget it, even in areas which were not so called "brennpunkten" it's risky, young thugs are jacking people all over Berlin, so the days of peace and quiet are unfortunately over, and once again because the senate won't spend money on security, in NY they have this thing called "transit cops" but then that would cost money, oh well, so folks might want to start learning martial arts, because you're going to have to protect yourself.
16:31 May 6, 2011 by Wobinidan
Wow, Berlin is really dangerous now? Gangs of thugs roaming the streets and beating up Joe Public? Give me a break. There have been 2 violent assaults this year on the public transport. Most cities in the world would LOVE to have such a low crime rate.
19:08 May 6, 2011 by Englishted
Theres a new dance that is going around called the stomp do the stomp.

Sung to the tune "do the bump".
12:10 May 7, 2011 by tallady
Charges filed ,albeit two weeks later,was there a question as to whether there were to be no charges filed?

The action by the German judicial system should have been immediate and not governed by the concerns over political fall out.
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