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Nearly three years jail for brutal metro attacker

The Local · 19 Sep 2011, 15:02

Published: 19 Sep 2011 15:02 GMT+02:00

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Video images of the 18-year-old named only as Torben P., kicking the man in the head as he lay defenceless on the ground, shocked and disgusted the German public.

The attack, in the central Berlin Friedrichstraße underground station in April, helped spark a debate about young people and senseless violence after similar incidents.

Speaking in Berlin’s District Court, Judge Uwe Nötzel justified the sentence of two years and ten months, saying that Torben P. was not only very drunk during the attack, but in the mood to provoke. He said the kicks he aimed at the unconscious man’s head were deliberate and vicious.

“He understood the danger of the kicks,” said Nötzel, adding that the victim could have died in the attack, and that Torben P. accepted this risk.

He knocked the victim, who 29 at the time, to the ground with a bottle and then kicked him at least four times in the head, leaving him unconscious. “He could have suffocated,” said Nötzel.

Torben P. admitted the attack at the start of the trial, describing his own behaviour as disgraceful and admitting that his drunken state at the time was no excuse.

In another recent incident in the capital, a 23-year-old man died last week after being chased out of an underground station by a group of young men and running into the road where he was hit by a car.

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16:25 September 19, 2011 by bjerkebek
unbelievable. they should have just gave him a stern warning.

Please keep the thugs away from me.
16:37 September 19, 2011 by bobmarchiano
Only 1 year 10 months for the pain and suffering of this man.

Kicking Kicking someone in the head .....this is sentence, a deterrence not do do it again.
19:56 September 19, 2011 by Soonerdiver
Only 34 months for attempted manslaughter... because he was drunk and knowingly wanted to injure! This makes no sense... he'll be back on the streets within 14 months and "even money" says he will do it again! When will the judges start to understand that; this character probably has a series of convictions as a minor and the courts can not consider those during sentencing.
20:44 September 19, 2011 by chicagolive
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!!!!! How dare you complain about the great German system he was checked and he paid his taxes so no need for jail time over 3 years.
23:14 September 19, 2011 by wxman
This is what's wrong with Europe. In the US, someone would have put a cap in his worthless head and that would have been the end of it.
02:41 September 20, 2011 by mkvgtired
What was the motivation for the second incident listed when the group chased a person out of a subway station? Robbery, or just to injure like this one?
07:53 September 20, 2011 by delvek
Seems pretty light sentence to me.

I have been drunk many times, even fought, but never found myself kicking people in the head as they lay defenseless.

I wouldnt mind a round or two with this punk, they guy he kicked unconscious will surely relive this incident for many years.
08:27 September 20, 2011 by ECSNatale
woman feel free to go back to the land of the violent, we don't need nor want that kind of society here.
10:32 September 20, 2011 by mos101392
You see this more and more..but I have to say I've never heard of any scum bags giving any American a beat down here in Germany. As an American living in Germany over 20 yrs, I wish some punk would make the mistake of trying to unload his baggage on me. I'd collect some German teeth as a souvenir. Ofcourse the cowards only go after the ones they know they can walk away from. If any of you punks want a real good beat down...let me know and we can meet somewhere.
00:53 September 21, 2011 by Talonx
@ wxman

Regarding crime, Germany has less of it in all categories by orders of magnitude than the U.S. These low rates are the result of policies such as those enacted here. The fact that you want to put a 'cap' in this assailent is indicitive of why the U.S. has worse crime rates.
11:24 September 21, 2011 by USA_NUMBER_ONE
Idiot ..you are comparing a country of 300 million people much bigger than Germany than your small country

let me guess the victims in this crime were .. people of color , africans, or turks?

and the perpetrators of the acts were ...let me see.. .skinheads or neo -nazis.....will you stop the hate crimes ???!!!!
23:58 September 21, 2011 by Asgarli
So if he is drunk and nearly killing someone, that is ok??? (3 years of jail sentence, means that it is OK!).

Something is REALLY wrong with German justice and German society in general! I mean come on, someone who had so many opportunities in life, compared to developing countries, does such a ruthless act of violence?

I'd really want such scumbags be judged under Sharia law! And life-time ban for alcohol! (like putting him into controlled substance probation)
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