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Man stabbed to death for complaining about late newspaper delivery

A 51-year-old man has succumbed to his injuries after a delivery man attacked him in an argument over the timing of his newspaper delivery.

Man stabbed to death for complaining about late newspaper delivery
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According to the police report, the man had often exchanged fierce words with the 42-year-old delivery man over the fact that his edition of the local Lüneburg newspaper never arrived in his post box at the time of day that he was expecting it.

In the late afternoon on Saturday another fight broke out between the two men after the delivery man again turned up late.

But this time the argument escalated, with the delivery man taking out a knife and repeatedly stabbing his customer in the upper body.

The wounded man’s 23-year-old relative saw the incident and rushed in to pull the attacker away. He was able to pin him down against the ground until the police arrived and arrested him.

Medics tried to resuscitate the stabbed man at the scene. But he died of his wounds shortly after in hospital.

The paper delivery man was brought in front of a judge on Sunday and was issued with a detention warrant.

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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.

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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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