A fire is set in a Reutlingen nursing home for the mentally ill. Three people die. The focus of the police is on a resident. The question of their culpability is no longer open.
Reutlingen - The woman, who is said to have set a deadly fire in a Reutlingen nursing home for the mentally ill, is to be permanently in a psychiatric ward according to the will of the public prosecutor's office. The authority filed an application with the Regional Court of Tübingen for a security procedure with the aim of placing him in a psychiatric hospital, as she announced on Wednesday. Three people were killed in the fire. The then resident of the home is accused of murder, arson and attempted murder. The public prosecutor's office assumes that he is incapable of guilt.
According to investigators, the 58-year-old is said to have set fire to her bed on the evening of January 17. Accordingly, she is said to have allegedly tried to take her own life with the fire. In the fire in the nursing home, a 53-year-old roommate and two roommates aged 73 and 88 were killed. They died of smoke poisoning. The suspected arsonist had been seriously injured.
The authority assumes that the mentally ill German has a suspended ability to control at the time of the crime. Thus, she is not culpable and therefore cannot be charged. However, in the case of an application for a precautionary procedure, there is still a procedure. The application takes the place of an indictment.
The authority assumes murder with the use of means dangerous to the public. This refers to acts that take place uncontrollably and can affect several people at the same time. In addition to fires, according to the public prosecutor's office, the murder criterion also includes bomb detonations and throwing stones from motorway bridges. At the time of the outbreak of the fire, there were 37 residents and 5 nurses in the building, according to police.
The alleged arsonist has not yet commented on the allegations, the prosecutor's office said. She is still in a psychiatric hospital. The act had made headlines nationwide. The fire had also led to a discussion about safety in care facilities. Dpa