Status: 04.12.2023, 10:40 a.m.
A figure of blind justice. © Sonja Wurtscheid/dpa/Symbolbild
The deadly rampage three years ago in Trier had caused horror nationwide. Now there is a partial retrial of the trial against the perpetrator.
Karlsruhe - The trial of the killing spree in Trier with five dead must be reopened in parts. Following a decision by the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe, the judgment of the Trier Regional Court was largely overturned due to errors of law. Thus, the defendant's appeal was granted, the BGH announced on Monday.
The reason: The Regional Court had not erred in law in justifying its assumption that the defendant had acted in a state of significantly reduced culpability. Accordingly, the decisions on the legal consequences should also be annulled.
During the rampage on December 1, 2020, a man had raced through Trier's pedestrian zone with his off-road vehicle and had deliberately hit passers-by. Five people died in the attack, including a baby. In addition, dozens of people were injured and traumatized.
The perpetrator had been sentenced to life imprisonment in August 2022 for multiple murder and multiple attempted murder before the Trier Regional Court. The court also noted the particular gravity of the guilt and ordered the man to be placed in a closed psychiatric hospital.
According to the expert, the man suffers from paranoid schizophrenia with bizarre delusions - and is therefore less culpable. The trained electrician has remained silent about the allegations during the one-year trial. One day after the verdict, the defense attorney of the gunman had filed an appeal. Dpa