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Woman in coma drank poisoned Capri Sun

A married couple from Bremen fell seriously ill after drinking poisoned Capri Sun fruit drinks. Police are now treating the case as attempted murder, according to newspaper reports.

Woman in coma drank poisoned Capri Sun
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A woman, 54, is in a coma after she and her husband, 56, were rushed to hospital in the city of Bremen in northwest Germany last week with serious poisoning. They had both been drinking from resealable 330ml fruit drink pouches, which police said had been tampered with, wrote Bild daily newspaper late on Friday.

“We found several drink pouches in the house. Two had been drunk, a further package also containing the harmful substance was unopened,” a police spokesman told the paper. “In the Capri Sun juice a substance was found which clearly doesn’t belong there.”

The woman had bought the drinks, which police believe were tampered with afterwards. Although symptoms developed immediately after the couple ingested the poison, doctors initially thought they had both suffered strokes, wrote the paper.

All signs point towards attempted murder, said police. “The murder squad is investigating,” police spokesman Dirk Siemering told Der Spiegel magazine on Friday.

Police did not provide details of the type of poison used and are now hoping the man will soon be well enough to shed some light on the case, wrote the magazine.

Drink manufacturer Sisi-Werke spoke of a criminal act. “It’s definitely not a quality defect,” a spokeswoman told the magazine, and confirmed that the drinks left the factory intact.

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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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