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Car-sharing trip turns into cocaine nightmare

Austrian police are searching for a 30-year-old man who allegedly forced a car-pooling woman into working as a courier for his drug deliveries around Germany.

Car-sharing trip turns into cocaine nightmare
Photo not of suspect. Photo: DPA

When the 20-year-old woman booked her car share from Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia to Vienna for only €50 ($56), she had no idea about the real nature of the 912km (567-mile) trip.

Booked through Blablacar, one of the leading car sharing sites and apps in Europe, the nightmare began when the driver picked up the woman at 9.30 am at the end of her visit to Hagen, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) reported on Thursday.

Instead of taking her to Vienna, the driver of the blue Dacia Logan took her to Cologne to make a stop.

There he pressured her into delivering a box to a kiosk, threatening to throw her out of the car if she refused. Unfortunately her mobile phone was also not working, so she couldn't contact anyone.

Intimidated, the woman agreed and stayed in the car during the hours-long drive to Munich, where she had to deliver another box in front of a flower shop.

She managed to have a look inside the box and saw several bags of white powder.  

Meanwhile, the friend she had been visiting in Hagen called the police, as she hadn't received a text confirming the woman was back in Austria as the two had previously arranged.

The police managed to get in contact with the suspect, who originally denied having the woman in the car with him and ignored later calls.

Her ordeal came to an end at 4.30pm — seven hours later than she expected to be home — when he dropped her off in Vienna, but not at the originally agreed destination, where police were also lying in wait.

The young woman told WAZ that she would pay the heftier fee for a train or plane ticket next time, rather than risk another trip with the car-sharing service.

Police are currently looking for the Romanian man, who Blablacar said has been removed from the site index.

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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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