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Man arrested over Alexanderplatz killing

UPDATE: Police arrested one man on Monday afternoon after a 30-year-old clubgoer was fatally stabbed on Berlin's busy Alexanderplatz in front of several witnesses on Sunday afternoon.

Man arrested over Alexanderplatz killing
Police at Alexanderplatz on Sunday afternoon. Photo: DPA

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Police said the 18-year-old from the Friedrichshain area of the capital was arrested at 1.30pm. Officers said the suspect was known to police.

The man was stabbed in the chest and a police spokeswoman said he died in an ambulance on the way to hospital.

Witnesses said that the man had been walking with two women when they were approached by the attacker.

According to police, the man had just left a nightclub with the two women and another man when they were confronted.

They exchanged a few words before the attacker drew a knife suddenly and stabbed the victim. There was no argument in the moments before the stabbing.

The attacker was described as having a nose ring and three piercings in his lower lip. He was wearing a shirt and baseball cap and white socks.

Police believe he was aged 20 to 25 years old and he was reportedly accompanied by a woman with pink hair. 

In recent years there have been several cases of violence around Alexanderplatz. A 20-year-old man, Jonny K., was beaten to death there in 2012.

Frank Henkel, Berlin's senator responsible for policing, said that he was deeply upset “that a young person could be so brutally killed in our city”.

The incident showed that “even with the increased security measures and additional personnel introduced after the death of Jonny K., we can't rule out such unfathomable acts".

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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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