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Woman hides in car to sober up after crash

A woman hid in the boot of her car for a day-and-a-half after a minor crash - to avoid the police while sobering up.

Woman hides in car to sober up after crash
The woman told police she was scared after the crash. Photo: DPA

When cops found the car crashed into a wall in Bad Kreuznach, Rhineland Palatinate on Saturday, they figured the driver had just left it there, and took it off to a garage.

But the 30-year-old driver was huddled in the boot – and stayed there to straighten up.

There was food and drink inside the car, which the woman could reach from where she was hiding, the Bild newspaper reported.

She later told police she had been under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the accident – and has now lost her driving licence.

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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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