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Balaclava-clad child killer jailed for life

The Local · 27 Feb 2012, 12:38

Published: 27 Feb 2012 12:38 GMT+01:00

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The 41 year old dubbed the ‘Masked man’ by German media because he wore a balaclava when he attacked, will not only serve the maximum sentence of 15 years, but was placed under preventative custody by the Lower Saxony judge due to what a court psychiatrist called, “pathological paedophilic tendencies.”

“What has happened is so disgusting, that words fail me,” said the judge Johannes Kiers, local broadcaster Norddeutsche Rundfunk reported on Monday.

Bremen-born Martin N. would put on a black balaclava and dark clothing and break into houses, boarding school dormitories and campsite tents across the state of Lower Saxony to abuse young boys while they slept.

He attacked at least 40 boys between 1992 and 2011 – and killed three boys aged eight, nine and 13.

“I hardly think my actions are excusable,” he told the court earlier this month, apologising to the victims’ families and saying he expected no forgiveness.

He had successfully led a double life and even worked at a children’s holiday camp, while at times “going on the hunt,” as he put it, for boys to abuse.

Police had been searching for the man for years, until they got a break last year 2011 when one of the boys he abused in 1995 approached the authorities.

The first murder victim, 13-year-old Stefan J., had been taken from his dormitory in a boarding school in March 1992. His body was found a month later in sand dunes nearby.

Then three years later in 1995, Martin N. entered a campsite and murdered eight-year-old Dennis R. The campsite had already reported a masked man entering the site and abusing boys between 1992 and 1994.

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His final victim was nine-year-old Dennis K. whose body was found by people foraging for mushrooms in a Lower Saxony forest in 2001. He had been taken from his boarding school dormitory and murdered.

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Your comments about this article

13:42 February 27, 2012 by lewis69
15 years thats nothing. I think the government should bring back capital punishment.
15:21 February 27, 2012 by Al uk
15 years. What a joke. This waste of space should be hung!
17:52 February 27, 2012 by auslanderus
15 years for killing three kids....is that all there life is of value. One of the poor kids could have developed a cure for cancer but not now. It would be better if you took this piece of dirt and hung it from a tree. When are people going to wake up to this shame? Life is life, end of your life and not 15 years.
18:26 February 27, 2012 by nemo999
Why is the picture for this article show a female hands in handcuffs if the individual convicted and sentenced for these crimes is a male?
21:00 February 27, 2012 by The-ex-pat
15 years plus preventative custody, meaning he will never be released.
22:22 February 27, 2012 by neunElf
Ahh, the enlightened Europeans, you know the ones who criticize a neanderthal like me , one who believes in the sanctity of life, yet vigorously supports capital punishment.

I have been given a rare gift, miraculously I am able to distinguish between an innocent unborn infant and a guilty murderer! I know it's hard for some of you to believe, but there really is a difference!

This monster should be hanged in the public square!
08:32 February 28, 2012 by MaKo
Get serious, Germany! Throw the book at this monster! Throw the book at him, and not a flimsy pink folder (siehe Bild)!
09:04 February 28, 2012 by wood artist

Apparently you haven't noticed the inherent hypocrisy in your claim. If the life of an unborn is sacred, then who appointed you to judge any other life? I don't think you'll find that anywhere in the Christian portion of the Bible, nor in the teachings of Jesus. You will, of course, find such things in many other places. The Chinese have a "proverb" regarding your viewpoint: "Before embarking upon vengeance, dig two graves."

14:52 February 28, 2012 by Al uk
@wood artist with regards to your vengeance quote in this case hanging wouldn't be vengeance but justice. The sentence given to this scumbag is a joke!
15:35 February 28, 2012 by bobmarchiano
This case was in the UK

Pub attacker who shattered gay man¦#39;s jaw jailed for ten years

Now why a person who murders and ...... children only get 15 years

Germany needs to get tougher
16:06 February 28, 2012 by raandy
I understad that the max is 15years, and that is all the judge could give, but this child predator will never be released.He has been placed under preventative custody to insure this.No one can say for sure that he will never do this again.
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