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Man jailed for job centre hammer attack

An unemployed man who found his work placements demeaning was jailed for 13 years on Friday for attacking a job centre employee with a hammer in Leipzig.

Man jailed  for job centre hammer attack
The man showed no emotion as the sentence was read out. Photo: DPA

The 34-year-old struck the female job centre employee nine times on May 21st this year. 

A court in Leipzig sentenced the man, who was long-term unemployed, for attempted murder and grievous bodily harm.

Judge Hans Jagenlauf said the man wanted to kill the woman and had prepared the attack.

Although her injuries were not life threatening, she was only saved by another man who managed to overpower the attacker, the court heard.

The man was arrested afterwards without resistance and admitted attempted murder.

He sat in court showing no emotion as the judgment was read out.

Judge Jagenlauf said the man’s hate for the job centre had grown from making complaints, to attacking another staff member with pepper spray and culminated in the hammer attack.

The court heard that the attacker found it degrading to work in the city’s parks and green spaces.

Although he has a personality disorder, he knew what he was doing, the judge said.

Prosecutors had demanded a life sentence, while the defence argued for no more than nine years in prison.

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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.

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