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Woman poisons elderly neighbours’ yoghurt

A 28-year-old woman in the southern German city of Munich has admitted trying to murder her elderly neighbours by mixing sleeping pills into their homemade breakfast yoghurt.

Woman poisons elderly neighbours' yoghurt
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According to a report in the local Münchner Merkur newspaper, the young Polish woman had won the trust of her neighbours – a 72-year-old retired engineer and his 69-year-old wife – and had access to both their letter box and flat.

She had breakfast with the couple in their flat on March 29, after which they drove to another appointment.

It was there that first the man and then the woman fell unconscious and had to be treated by emergency services. They were only discharged from hospital the next day – after doctors found benzodiazepine, a drug used in sleeping pills, in their systems.

A murder investigation was opened once the couple told police that they didn’t normally use the drug. Police said the dose the couple had received could have killed them.

It then emerged that the couple had ordered a new bank card but never received it – but it had been used to withdraw €7,000 between the end of February and mid-March, when it was cancelled. The subsequent fraud investigation led police to the Polish neighbour.

Under questioning, the young woman admitted both the initial fraud and the subsequent poisoning, and described how she had crushed the pills and mixed them into the couple’s homemade yoghurt the previous evening. She said this had been an attempt to cover up the theft, and that she needed the money to improve her own financial situation.

The woman is now in custody on suspicion of theft, fraud and two counts of attempted murder.

The Local/bk

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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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