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Child murderer, 46, jailed as a minor

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Child murderer, 46, jailed as a minor
Thomas O. (r) in court in Osnabrück. Photo: DPA

A German court sentenced on Monday a 46-year-old man to eight years in prison under youth criminal laws. He was 19 when he murdered a girl on her way to school.

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Thomas O., appeared in court after more than 26 years charged with murdering nine-year-old schoolgirl Christina in November 1987 in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony.

He snatched the child while he was out jogging and tried to rape her in an overgrown garden. When she threatened to tell her mother about the abuse, he killed her, the court heard.

He was a suspect at the time of the murder but had an alibi. However, he was caught last year thanks to a DNA match found on the victim's clothes.

An Osnabrück court convicted Thomas O. as a minor, as he was 19 when the crime took place.

Prosecutors had called for eight years in jail, while his defence argued for six-and-a-half. 

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