Life imprisonment and psychological treatment for the perpetrator of a random run-over in Germany

A German court on Tuesday sentenced a man to life in prison after being found guilty of murder and attempted murder in several cases.

The court in the city of Trier recognized the severity of the crime and ordered that the man be placed in a closed psychiatric hospital.

The court held that it was proven that the 52-year-old accused drove his car at great speed through a pedestrian zone in December 2020 in order to kill and injure as many people as possible.

The crime resulted in the killing of five people: a nine-week-old baby and his father (45 years), and three women (73, 52 and 25 years old).

Many people were also injured, and about 300 eyewitnesses suffered psychological trauma.

The public prosecutor had charged the German with five counts of murder and attempted murder in 18 cases, in addition to causing grievous bodily harm.

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