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Daredevil YouTube star goes on trial over killing pensioner

A young motorcyclist who has gained tens of thousands of followers on YouTube for his biking stunt videos is now on trial after he hit and killed an elderly pedestrian.

Daredevil YouTube star goes on trial over killing pensioner
Photo of an unrelated motorcyclist: DPA.

Prosecutors in Bremen say the 24-year-old student hit a 75-year-old pedestrian crossing the street on a red light in June, killing the older man and leaving himself seriously injured.

“If I could, I would do everything possible to undo what happened,” the defendant said in court on Monday, expressing his regrets.
 
Prosecutors argue that the 24-year-old had given in to “base motives”, and therefore are pushing for a murder conviction.
 
The 24-year-old’s YouTube channel “Alpi fährt” (Alpi drives) with more than 80,000 subscribers showed videos filmed by a helmet camera of him riding his motorcycle at high speeds. The videos have now been taken down.
 
He had also filmed the deadly crash, and investigators have been analyzing his other videos depicting risky maneuvers and near misses. Prosecutors say that before hitting the older man, he had also grazed a car with his motorcycle and fled.
 
The YouTube star had been driving at 100 kilometres per hour, even though the speed limit on the street was 50 kilometres per hour.
 
Prosecutors argue that the young man knew that at this speed he could not dodge anything in his path, but continued to drive fast anyway.
 
Fans of Alpi have argued that the older man was also at fault for crossing the street on a red light. But prosecutors argued that this is not relevant to Alpi's guilt, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
 
“As a road user, you must always take into consideration the bad behaviour of others,” said prosecutor Frank Passade. “This is ultimately why there is a speed limit.”
 
The lawyer for Alpi said that his client had not taken into consideration the risk he posed to others.
 
“Young drivers tend to underestimate risk,” the defence attorney said.
 
“Often it goes OK, but sometimes it leads to these tragic incidents that no one wanted to happen.”

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German police probe fatal knife attack on schoolgirl

Police were on Tuesday investigating a motive behind the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old girl on her way to school in Baden-Württemberg in a case that made national headlines.

German police probe fatal knife attack on schoolgirl

According to police, a 27-year-old man attacked two girls on the street with a knife as they walked to school Monday morning in the small town of Illerkirchberg near Ulm.

The victim, a German girl with a Turkish family background, was revived at the scene but later died in hospital, police said.

A 13-year-old girl was also hurt in the incident but did not suffer
life-threatening injuries.

Police apprehended the suspect at “nearby asylum seekers’ accommodation”, they said.

The alleged aggressor was injured when he was stopped by police and was taken to receive medical treatment. He was currently being held in hospital under guard.

Google Maps shows the town of Illerkirchberg, which has a little over 5,000 residents, and sits on the border with Bavaria.

“We will fully investigate this terrible act,” announced Thomas Strobl, Baden-Württemberg’s Interior Minister on Monday. “We are deeply affected…when the life of an innocent child is so brutally taken.”

The crime has taken on a political dimension because the suspect is an asylum seeker from Eritrea. Several politicians from Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) used the crime to question the country’s immigration policies. 

In the statement, a police spokesperson asked people “not to harbour general suspicions against strangers, or asylum seekers in general, or to encourage or support such suspicions.”

She said she was aware “that events of this kind stir up fears and emotions.”

The Turkish ambassador to Germany, Ahmet Basar Sen, was set to visit the scene of the crime Tuesday with  Strobl, and the mayor of Illerkirchberg.

“I mourn the girl who was killed and sincerely hope that the injured girl will recover,” Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser posted on Twitter Monday.

“The police are urgently investigating the background” of the attack, she said.

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