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Thief returns wallet to pensioner six years on

A thief has returned a stolen wallet with the money still inside to a pensioner six years after taking it. He sent the money back to the man with a letter of apology saying he had now become a Christian.

Thief returns wallet to pensioner six years on
The thief put an extra €50 in the wallet to apologize.

In March 2007 pensioner Peter Jürgensen had his wallet stolen from a supermarket in Walsrode, Lower Saxony in west Germany.

The 73-year-old lost €350, his credit card, identity card and photos of his grandchild.

He only noticed the loss a few hours later and headed back to the supermarket, the Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The former tennis coach applied for new documents and forgot about the theft until now.

But six years later he received an envelope with his stolen wallet inside and a letter apologizing.

“Greed drove me to taking the wallet,” the thief wrote. “I have become a confessed Christian. The holy spirit has called upon me to repair the damage.”

The anonymous man also put an extra €50 in the wallet to apologize.

Jürgensen said: “Everything was in the wallet as I left it. I thank the man for his belated honesty.”

The letter began. “I found your wallet in Edeka Walsrode and wanted to hand it in.”

It was signed with the initials M.L.  

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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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