Man drives into group after family fight

A young man drove his car, seemingly on purpose, into a group of people in Berlin after a family fight escalated. He left five injured and could face charges of attempted murder.

Man drives into group after family fight
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After a fight between two groups – both from a large Serbian family – over whether or not to travel back to their home country, the 23-year-old got in his car and charged at the group of seven.

He left two men, aged 27 and 28, seriously injured and three less so. If one of the injured dies, he could face charges of manslaughter, the Berliner Zeitung said on Thursday.

He ran away shortly after the incident, which took place in a car park, but then at nearly 1am he turned up at a nearby police station in the Neukölln area of the city, wanting to press charges on the opposing group for bodily harm.

The officers realized who the man was from his ID card, and arrested him.

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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.