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Police find boy’s body on North Sea island

Police have discovered a child's body on the North Sea island of Amrum - in the same playground where a missing ten-year-old, identified only as Sebastian, was last seen on Sunday evening.

Police find boy's body on North Sea island
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“We have to assume that this is the missing Sebastian,” a police spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Police had mobilised helicopters, boats, and tracker dogs in their three-day search for the boy, who went missing from a “pirate ship” playground on Amrum, a tiny island off the coast of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

“A holiday photo showed where the boy was last digging in the sand,” police spokesman Matthias Glamann said. Police then dug at that spot, stopping at 1.5 metres when they found a body.

“The rescue workers soon found a lifeless child,” Glamann said. He refused to answer the question of whether there was any sign of violence on the body.

Sebastian was last seen playing at the playground on Sunday with another boy, named Lukas, who told police that he left the playground at around 4:30pm.

Sebastian’s parents reported him missing at 8pm.

The playground was only around 200 metres from Sebastian’s parents’ holiday home.

The Local/DPA/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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