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Hanover man shoots 18-year-old burglar dead

A man in Hannover shot a teenager dead on Monday night after the 18-year-old allegedly broke into his house.

Hanover man shoots 18-year-old burglar dead
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Police said the alleged burglar died in hospital of a serious gunshot wound after they found him a few hundreds metres from the location of the break-in.

Paramedics had to resuscitate him once before he could be moved to hospital for emergency surgery.

The 40-year-old homeowner told officers that he encountered three unknown people on his property after hearing noises during the night.

Since one of the men was armed, he returned to the house to fetch his own pistol and fired one shot.

It's not yet clear under what exact circumstances the man fired his weapon.

The intruders fled in different directions as the man called the police. There was no trace of the other two men by Tuesday morning despite large numbers of officers and a helicopter taking part in the search.

A police spokesman said that the homeowner had a license for his weapon and that he is now under investigation for suspected manslaughter.

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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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