‘Satanists’ on trial for taxi driver murder

Two Satanists went on trial in Tübingen, southern Germany, on Thursday for allegedly murdering a taxi driver by a cemetery out of satanic “bloodlust”. One reportedly believed he was a character from the Harry Potter books.

'Satanists' on trial for taxi driver murder
The court in Tübingen began hearing the case on Thursday morning. Photo: DPA

A 16-year-old, named as Jan D. and 22-year-old, Hendrik M., from Rottenburg in Baden-Württemberg, are accused of killing the 39-year-old taxi driver in Prague in June 2013.

The killing of the father-of-three, whose girlfriend was pregnant, was carried out in front of a Prague cemetery. The victim was killed with 42 blows from a wrench and a hatchet.

According to Bild newspaper the older alleged murderer thought he was the evil witch Bellatrix Lestrange from the Harry Potter books.

And prosecutors said the murder was committed out of satanic “bloodlust”.

In a statement they said: “Both accused had a keen interest in Satanism and Vampirism.”

They added they took an interest in satanic music as well as books and films about Satanism with “very violent elements”.

The two are also accused of attempting to murder a driver at a vineyard in Metzingen, Baden Württemberg, in spring 2013.

A verdict is expected on May 27th.

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German police foil teenage school ‘Nazi attack’

German investigators said Thursday they foiled a school bomb attack, as they arrested a 16-year-old who is suspected to have been planning a "Nazi terror attack".

German police foil teenage school 'Nazi attack'

“The police prevented a nightmare,” said Herbert Reul, interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) state.

Police in the city of Essen had stormed the teen’s room overnight, taking him into custody and uncovering 16 “pipe bombs”, as well as anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material.

Some of the pipe bombs found contained nails, but officers did not find any detonators, Reul said.

There are “indications suggesting the young man has serious psychiatric problems and suicidal thoughts,” said Reul.

Material found so far in the suspect’s room include his own writing which constituted “a call for urgent help by a desperate young man.”

The suspect was allegedly planning to target his current school or another where he studied previously.

“All democrats have a common task to fight against racism, brutalisation and hate,” said NRW’s deputy premier Joachim Stamp, as he thanked police for “preventing a suspected Nazi terror attack”.

The suspect is being questioned while investigators continue to comb his home for evidence.

Investigators believe that he was acting alone.

They had been tipped off by another teen who informed them that the young man “wanted to place bombs in his school”, located about 800 metres from his home.

The school, as well as another institution, were closed on Thursday as investigators undertook fingertip searches as the locations to ensure that no bombs had been placed on site.

‘Neo-Nazi networks’ 

Germany has been rocked by several far-right assaults in recent years, sparking accusations that the government was not doing enough to stamp out neo-Nazi violence.

In February 2020 a far-right extremist shot dead 10 people and wounded five others in the central German city of Hanau.

Large amounts of material championing conspiracy theories and far-right ideology were subsequently found in the gunman’s apartment.

And in 2019, two people were killed after a neo-Nazi tried to storm a synagogue in Halle on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

Germany’s centre-left-led government under Chancellor Olaf Scholz took office in December pledging a decisive fight against far-right militants and investigators in April carried out country-wide raids against “neo-Nazi networks”, arresting four suspects.

The suspects targeted in the raids were believed to belong to the far-right martial arts group Knockout 51, the banned Combat 18 group named after theorder in the alphabet of Adolf Hitler’s initials, US-based Atomwaffen (Atomic) Division or the online propaganda group Sonderkommando 1418.

German authorities were also battling to clean extremists from within their ranks. Last year, the state of Hesse said it was dissolving Frankfurt’s elite police force after several officers were accused of participating in far-right online chats and swapping neo-Nazi symbols.