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Kidnappers used victim as a slave to clean flats

Police have arrested three people after a 19-year-old man was kidnapped and used as a slave to clean two filthy flats - fearing for his life after being beaten up and even dangled head-first off a bridge.

Kidnappers used victim as a slave to clean flats
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Baden-Württemberg detectives have kept details of the incident, which happened in July, secret – so they could conduct investigations without alerting the kidnappers.

The victim fell in love with a woman via internet contact during the summer, police said, and travelled by train from his home in the Ortenau district, to Spaichingen, also in Baden-Württemberg, to meet her.

But police said that when she picked him up and took him home, he was met not by romance but by violence – two men were waiting for him.

They beat him and, together with the woman, forced him to clean two filthy flats.

The kidnapper trio then beat him again and left him to sleep naked in a corner on the floor, detectives said.

The following day they took him to Tuttlingen where they forced him to buy them a mobile phone and laptop before taking him to a bridge where they dangled him head-first off the edge, threatening to drop him.

He was only released on the third day, left traumatised and requiring hospital treatment for his injuries.

The police are still trying to work out why the suspects dreamed up the idea to get themselves a slave. A spokesman said all three were without work or anything sensible to do all day.

“They used the days to amuse themselves with various senseless things,” he said.

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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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