Man caught without ticket accused of ‘beating controller to a pulp’

Police are searching for a man who brutally beat a ticket controller on a train through Magdeburg after he was caught without a ticket.

Man caught without ticket accused of 'beating controller to a pulp'
File photo of a ticket check: DPA.

The still unknown man was told by a ticket controller in Magdeburg to show his ticket, but instead beat the 55-year-old transport worker “to a pulp”, police said on Sunday.

The man repeatedly punched the controller in the face, police report, and then kicked him in the head after he had fallen to the ground.

Other passengers on the regional train tried to intervene, but were unable to prevent the perpetrator from fleeing.

The train attendant was taken to hospital due to his serious injuries.

Federal police – who oversee Germany’s transit hubs – are investigating the attack as grievous bodily harm as well as fare dodging and are currently reviewing surveillance footage to identify the suspect. They did not provide a description of his appearance.

On Saturday in Stendal – also in Saxony-Anhalt – two visibly drunk fare-dodgers also caused trouble for federal police when officers tried to get them off a train. The older of the two men, 44, pushed one of the officers against a wall and tried to flee, but police were able to overpower him. The 22-year-old tried to escape as well, but was also caught by police.


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.