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Pensioner held for killing and dismembering wife

A 79-year-old man from the village of Nindorf in Lower Saxony has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his 72-year-old wife, dismembering her and leaving parts of her body on fire by the side of a road.

Pensioner held for killing and dismembering wife
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The burning body parts were found on Friday night and Saturday morning in Goldbeck near Buxtehude, less than two miles from the couple’s home. The man denies the charges. Police spent Sunday searching the home and the man’s car.

A police spokesman said investigators believe the murder is the culmination of a domestic drama that has been continuing for several years, but refused to add any details.

The couple lived alone and had one grown-up daughter.

The body parts were discovered by motorists who noticed the fires at the side of the road on Friday night. Pedestrians found the woman’s head, also burnt, and several items of clothing on Saturday morning.

A search was carried out involving around 100 firefighters, and several more plastic bags containing unburnt body parts were discovered in the area.

The identity of the murder victim was confirmed on Saturday night by police doctors. Relatives had reported the woman missing on Saturday evening.

Her husband was arrested soon after.

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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.

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.

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