Policeman arrested at birthday party for stabbing guest with butter knife

Law enforcement in Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, ended up cuffing one of their own over the weekend, after an off-duty officer lost his temper at a birthday party.

Policeman arrested at birthday party for stabbing guest with butter knife
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The 46-year-old is accused of a serious act of violence after he allegedly lost his temper during an argument at a birthday party on Saturday evening.

First the officer pushed a female guest to the floor with such force that she knocked her head against the ground and lost consciousness. The 50-year-old woman was later taken to hospital for treatment.

The officer then grabbed for a butter knife and tried to stab another guest in the stomach. Luckily for the victim, the policeman failed to properly penetrate his skin, leaving only superficial wounds.

The officer only stopped his rampage when one of the guests hit him over the head with a glass bottle, leaving him with lacerations above his hairline.

When officers arrived at the scene their wounded colleague still refused to come quietly, “massively” insulting and threatening them as they tried to take him in, police report.

After a night in detention, the officer was released.

Police from Mönchengladbach are looking into the incident to ensure the investigation’s impartiality.


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.