Friday, May 25, 2018

Berlin: Retiree (84) beaten to death by refugee with walker - suspected killer should not have been in Germany

The German authorities are also to blame for this crime. On 3 May, the Berlin pensioner Maria M. (†) in her own apartment beaten to death with a walker. Last Saturday, police arrested a suspect: Bernhard N. (23) from Cameroon. Apparently he had met his victim on the street. M. is even said to have let him into her apartment on the day of the crime. The tabloid "Bild" reports that the 23-year-old was in Germany illegally. An asylum application he had submitted in Belgium in 2012 was already rejected in 2015. The African was not deported. Instead, he files a new asylum application in a first reception centre in Eisenhüttenstadt, the result is still pending. The real scandal: a second asylum application is not even possible within the EU. The 23-year-old may have used a false identity. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF), which has recently been heavily criticized, did not want to comment on "Bild" newspaper enquiry. The suspect is not a blank slate, his criminal records since his arrival in Germany in 2015 are long. He was sentenced to a fine and a suspended sentence for shoplifting as early as 2016. He's been charged with assault 12 times. The African was held in custody for 15 months for a sexual assault on a woman in January 2017 and was finally sentenced to probation. Attorney Hans-Georg Lorenz criticizes the lack of action by the authorities in the "Bild" newspaper.

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