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Police hunt for murder suspect who left pieces of prostitute’s body around Hamburg

Hamburg may have its own version of 'Jack the Ripper', as police have so far found a new body part almost every day this week belonging to a 48-year-old prostitute.

Police hunt for murder suspect who left pieces of prostitute's body around Hamburg
Hamburg police searching along the Elbe River after the discovery of body parts. Photo: TNN/DPA.

Police on Thursday said they had found a seventh piece of the body of a 48-year-old prostitute, identified in local media as Lucy.

A police spokeswoman said that they still do not have any “hot” clues to unravel the mystery.

Before she was reported missing on August 1st, she had been working as a prostitute.

Investigators believe that the culprit probably hacked the 48-year-old woman to pieces and distributed the pieces around the harbour city over the waterways. The places where the body parts have been found are located at least 20 kilometres away from each other. DNA tests have proven the parts to all be from the same person.

The first discovery was made by a passerby last week along the shore of the Elbe River, leading police to find yet another body part in the area. Then another passerby found a torso by a canal on Monday evening, followed by further findings by another canal as well as by a watergate.

The map below shared by broadcaster Ntv shows the various locations where the body parts were found.

Lucy was a citizen of Equatorial Guinea in west Africa, but had lived in Spain before coming to Hamburg, according to the Hamburger Morgenpost. Before her death, she had been working in the St. Georg neighbourhood of Hamburg as a sex worker, which is legal in Germany.

Her family in Spain has come to Hamburg amid the investigation, and relatives have been interviewed by investigators.

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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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