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Groom ‘kills bride’ ten days before wedding

A groom who allegedly strangled his wife-to-be to death ten days before they were due to get married appeared in court in Bavaria on Tuesday charged with murder.

Groom 'kills bride' ten days before wedding
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The 40-year-old guest house owner from Brunn near Nuremberg went on trial on Tuesday accused of killing his 32-year-old fiancé and dumping her body in a river.

The defendant Roy E. reported his fiancé missing last June, prompting a 20-man police search. Officers found the woman's naked body in a river near Brunn five days later with strangulation marks, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

The prosecution said the accused had been under psychological stress due to his failing business and the approaching wedding, and he allegedly took out his anger on his fiancé after he was unable to perform sexually with her on the evening of the murder.

Bild newspaper quoted state prosecutor Jutta Schmiedel as saying, "he felt under great pressure and put all the blame for his difficult situation on his fiancé. The upcoming wedding was a burden on him."

Two weeks after the killing Roy E. confessed, saying he definitely strangled her but did not remember disposing of the body, but later whilst in custody he retracted this, claiming instead that three to four "masked men" had killed her before forcing him to get rid of the corpse.

The prosecution maintains he committed the entire act, before attempting to cover it up with an intimate text message and a show of grief at the funeral, days before he confessed to the crime.

Bild reported the husband-to-be sent his dead fiancé a text message the day after she was killed saying "Hey, hello, where are you? I love you. Please come home. Tabea and I miss you." Tabea is the name of the couple's five-year-old daughter.

The defendant now claims that on the evening of her death he left his fiancé working on wedding preparations, took a sleeping pill and went to bed early.

However his DNA was found in a van and the driver said he gave the accused a lift on the night of the murder, near the area where the body was found.

If convicted he is likely to receive a life sentence.

But Roy E.'s lawyer told the Nuremberg court on the trial's first day: "My client will defend himself through silence."

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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.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

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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