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Dentures go missing after ex-couple’s spat

After an argument between a man and his ex-girlfriend in Braunschweig, she grabbed his dentures and fled. Police were able to find her, but the false teeth are still missing.

Dentures go missing after ex-couple's spat
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Braunschweig police reported on Sunday that the 41-year-old woman took the full set of dentures from her 43-year-old ex-partner after a fierce fight between the two late on Friday. The man had taken the teeth out and set them aside before his ex arrived at his house and the altercation began.

The toothless man alerted police who were able to track down the woman, who no longer had the teeth in her possession. She admitted to having taken them, but claimed to not remember what had happened to them. Despite a search of the area and the woman’s car, the fake choppers did not turn up.

“This was probably an act of revenge,” police said, adding that the woman was not likely to use them herself.

The man, who now has to quickly get a replacement set or live with a liquid diet for a while, estimates that new dentures will cost him around €2,000.

Braunschweig police are asking that anyone finding a set of false teeth report it to precinct headquarters immediately.

DPA/The Local/kdj

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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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