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Man jailed for trying to kill wife with rat poison

A Bavarian man who tried to kill his wife by putting rat poison in her wine - because she was too old to have more children and did not want him to do so with another woman - has been jailed for 12 years.

Man jailed for trying to kill wife with rat poison
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A Regensburg district court heard that the man had experience of mixing his own rat poison as he was a keen pigeon breeder. He was considered the expert in poison in his village, the Münchner Merkur newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The court sentenced the 52-year-old to 12 years for attempted murder on Monday, after hearing that he had been desperate to have another child after his and his wife’s son died of cancer.

The judge took account of the fact that the 53-year-old woman was not expected to suffer any long-term effects from the poisoning attempt – as well as the tragic family circumstances surrounding the entire story.

The couple’s son died in the summer of 2011 aged just 20, after contracting testicular cancer. His parents continued share the family home in Salching near Straubing afterwards, but led separate lives, the Münchner Merkur said.

They rarely ate or slept together, but often spent the evenings together watching television and drinking their home-made apple wine. It was this wine that the man laced with rat poison in an attempt to kill his wife.

The court considered it proven that he had wanted to “get rid” of his wife so he could start a new life with a younger woman who could bear children – and so help him get over the death of their son.

The Münchner Merkur said he regarded the prospect of divorce as too expensive, and his wife had rejected the idea of bringing another woman to live with them in the house.

The Local/hc

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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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