Man grabbed woman ‘for leather skirt, not body’

A German man arrested for grabbing a woman told police he only wanted her "leather skirt, not her body." His story was backed up by a stash of leather gear found in his flat later.

Man grabbed woman 'for leather skirt, not body'
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The 43-year-old Axel S. apologised to the woman in a Hamburg court, where his trial for attempted rape began on Monday. The court heard he asked her, “Would you like to have sex with me?” before grabbing at her skirt.

The Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper said on Tuesday, the man “slunk” into the court room, and spoke in a “squeaky Helium voice.”

“I wasn’t trying to have sex. My question was just an excuse to get at her lovely leather skirt,” he told the judge.

The apparent leather fetishist began following his victim Ludmilla N. from the Bergedorf S-Bahn train station in Hamburg last December, having apparently been captivated by the sight of her leather skirt.

He then got onto the same bus as the 55-year-old woman and stalked her all the way to her front door, where he made his grab at her skirt.

Ludmilla N. shouted for help and her 67-year-old partner came rushing out of their apartment to her aid. At that point Axel S. fled.

He was later caught by the police, who found a considerable quantity of leather clothes – including high-heels and wigs – in his home.

“I am sorry for what I did, and I would like to apologise to you,” Axel S. told Ludmilla N. in court. According to the Hamburger Morgenpost, she nodded and accepted his apology.

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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.

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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.