BERLIN: A Syrian man went on trial Monday accused of killing a German man and severely injuring another in an assault final yr that prosecutors stated was motivated by Islamic extremist ideology.
The trial of Abdullah AHH, whose full title wasn’t launched resulting from German privateness legal guidelines, started in the jap metropolis of Dresden, the place the assault came about on Oct. 4.
Federal prosecutors allege that the defendant used kitchen knives to assault the 2 males in their 50s from behind as a result of they have been holding palms and he believed they have been a homosexual couple, which he thought of to be a “grave sin.” The 21-yr-outdated was arrested nearly three weeks after the crime and has been in custody since then.
The defendant is charged with homicide in the killing of the 55-yr-outdated sufferer and the tried homicide and critical bodily hurt of the 53-yr-outdated man.
A forensic psychiatrist testified in court docket that the defendant had advised him after the assault that he regretted not killing each males, German information company dpa reported.
The defendant’s lawyer acknowledged that his shopper had admitted to finishing up the assault and that the necessities for a homicide conviction had been met, however recommended that juvenile legislation ought to be utilized in the case as he was nonetheless immature, dpa reported.
The defendant had been launched from jail a month earlier than the assault after serving a 3-yr juvenile sentence for selling the extremist Islamic State group and subsequently attacking a jail guard.
Prosecutors alleged that the defendant, a local of Aleppo who got here to Germany as a refugee in 2015, had deliberate to hold out an additional assault, particulars of which weren’t instantly identified.