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But no possession of narcotics? Kauferinger acquitted by the Court of Aldermen

2023-12-07T14:28:20.009Z

Highlights: A 24-year-old man from the northern district of Landsberg was accused of possession of narcotics. A text message from a friend and witness suggested that he put some of the "500 grams" aside and sell it later. The defendant denies the allegation. He never stored half a kilo of weed at home. The young man explains that the 500 grams were not marijuana, but chewing tobacco. He and his circle of friends, from which two of the witnesses come, regularly order a large quantity of "Siberia snus" from Sweden.



Status: 07.12.2023, 15:17 PM

By: Nathalie Schelle

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Did he or didn't he? In the Landsberg district court, the charges against a young man who is said to have possessed narcotics were dropped. © Bell

Landsberg – A text message that caused an uproar and brought a 24-year-old from the northern district to court: possession of narcotics. At the beginning of 2022, he kept 500 grams of marijuana in his apartment, and a year later another 0.3 grams were found. This is read out by the public prosecutor in her indictment before Judge Alexander Kessler in the Landsberg district court. The defendant denies the allegation. He never stored half a kilo of weed at home.

The young man explains that the 500 grams were not marijuana, but chewing tobacco. He and his circle of friends, from which two of the witnesses summoned come, regularly order a large quantity of "Siberia snus" from Sweden. The 24-year-old had accepted the complete collective order, which is why the high quantity had come about.

The reason for the suspicion that the defendant was storing marijuana at his home was a text message from a friend and witness: He suggested that he put some of the "500 grams" aside and sell it later. The message was only about the weight, not the item. Neither "snus" nor "marijuana" could be read.

Two years ago, the young man was already in the dock for possession of narcotics. More precisely, because of marijuana. Since the verdict, however, he has had no contact with the drugs, as he asserts before Judge Kessler. In addition, he was able to show a video that was taken when the snus box was handed over – on the day on which 500 grams of marijuana were said to have been in his apartment.

Suspicious nickname

So no illegal drugs in the defendant's four walls after all? As part of the evidence, the judge reads out further chats that could be related to the facts of the case. In one of them, a summoned witness writes how good a "dealer's" weed is and that one is welcome to buy something from him. This dealer bears the nickname of the accused in the texts.

The defendant denies the allegations. This does not mean him. Clarification can be provided by the second witness who wrote the message. The text is not about the accused, but about someone else with the same name, many of whom he knows. "How many do you know?" the judge asks, but the witness can't name any. Nevertheless, there was no mention of the accused in the chats.

The third witness also asserts that the 24-year-old is innocent. He handed over the snus box in the video and continues to believe that the chat, but also the 500-gram contents in the defendant's apartment, must be chewing tobacco.

In the closing argument, the prosecutor and defense attorney Wilfried Burger agree: The accusation cannot be confirmed, the accusation cannot be proven. No one has seen the marijuana, there are only text messages as evidence. On the other hand, the witnesses confirmed what the defendant assured at the beginning: the 500 grams were chewing tobacco.

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Nevertheless, the matter had to be investigated, especially because of the defendant's past. This is what Judge Kessler sums up when he acquits the accused. Count two, possession of 0.3 grams of marijuana, was also dropped because of the upcoming new cannabis law. The defendant previously asserted that these were remnants from the time before the verdict in 2021, of which he no longer knew anything.

Source: merkur

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