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Landlord shot dead in rent dispute

A 41-year-old man was shot dead in Duisburg after he cut off electricity and water to a tenant who was late with his rent, police said on Friday.

Landlord shot dead in rent dispute
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The shooting took place late on Thursday evening after the victim cut off the electricity and water supply to a bakery premises he had leased to the attacker in the city in North Rhine-Westphalia.

He was shot with a pistol at close range at least once as he sat in a parked car, and died from his injuries while being taken to hospital in an ambulance. His brother was also in the vehicle but escaped harm after the weapon jammed.

The shooter, who leased the bakery but was late with his rent, then hailed a taxi and turned himself in to police, who recovered the weapon from the vehicle.

In a separate incident in Duisburg on Thursday, a 39-year-old man was shot in the stomach during an altercation. His condition was stable and a search was underway for the attacker, police said.

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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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