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Revenge! Drunk man rams cop station

A 37-year-old man who was caught riding a bike with no lights on the wrong side of the road - whilst drunk - returned a few hours later in a car to ram the police station.

Revenge! Drunk man rams cop station
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Police stopped the man on Sunday afternoon in the central German city of Braunschweig after they noticed him committing several traffic offences on his bicycle, the Bild newspaper reported.

At that point, they noticed a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and took him back to the police station to give a blood test, and charged him with being drunk in charge of a vehicle on the road.

Apparently enraged by the incident, the man then returned a few hours later in a car and slammed it into the wall of the police station – which he failed to break through.

He was seriously injured, and had to be cut loose from his wrecked car by rescue workers.

A police car was also seriously damaged, though no officers were injured.

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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