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Headless Lübeck corpse turns out to be discarded sex doll

Police were called out on Wednesday to the scene of what seemed to be a grisly murder. But they were soon able to put the finder’s mind to rest.

Headless Lübeck corpse turns out to be discarded sex doll
Are sex dolls becoming too realistic? File Photo: Creative Commons

It must have been quite the shock.

A street cleaner in the picturesque town of Lübeck near Germany's Baltic coast called police early on Wednesday morning to tell them he had found a female corpse lying on the street next to a paper recycling container.

The lifeless body was wrapped in a blanket with a foot jutting out of one end.

Officers from Lübeck’s 2nd police district jumped into action, rushing to the scene as fast as they could.

But if they were fearing that the pristine streets of the UNESCO world heritage site were finally offering up some real detective work, they were soon to be put at their ease.

“After more exact criminal observation, it was ascertained that we were dealing with a so-called sex toy which had no head,” the police report reveals.

Police also happily informed the public that responsibility for getting rid of the decapitated dame rests once again with the street cleaner – a fact the poor 31-year-old who reported the find was no doubt delighted to hear.

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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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