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Munich woman bit sex attacker’s tongue off

A mother in Bavaria managed to bite off the tongue of a sex attacker who targeted her and her teenage daughter in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Munich woman bit sex attacker's tongue off
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The two women, aged 37 and 17, were attacked after visiting a festival in the Bavarian town of Erding, northeast of Munich, police reported.

As they walked to their car at around 12.30am, a 23-year-old man launched himself at the mother and pulled her to the ground.

The 37-year-old fought to escape, while her daughter struck him with her handbag.

The man then forced his tongue into the mother's mouth – but biting down hard, she managed to sever part of the tongue.

 Severely injured, the man fled.

The women alerted police, and officers were later able to arrest the bloodied man in the hospital, where he had been taken after collapsing when he returned to the festival.

Escaping with a few scratches, the both women were in shock after the incident, police said on Tuesday.

The attacker was treated in hospital before being taken into custody, and an investigation into the attack is currently underway.

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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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