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Bird-killer rips heads off homing pigeons

An unknown perpetrator broke into a bird-breeding station over the weekend in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein and beheaded 17 homing pigeons.

Bird-killer rips heads off homing pigeons
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The incident occurred in the rural hamlet of Malente, where a 53-year-old bird breeder discovered several doors broken and the animal carcasses scattered everywhere.

Police said they believe that the perpetrator had a good local knowledge because the birds’ living space was not visible from the street.

Police believe the culprit broke into the space Friday night or early Saturday morning. The last time the breeder had fed his animals was Friday.

The police have asked for the public’s help and believe someone may have eyewitness evidence.

The pigeon killings are the latest in a series of grisly animal abuse cases that have angered many Germans.

In October a cockatiel was rescued after someone doused it with beer and stuffed it into a ticket machine.

Earlier this month police near Düsseldorf found five dogs skinned and their stomachs cut open before being dumped into a river.

Investigators are still searching for evidence.

The Local/DPA/mdm

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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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