Here’s another curious case of African customs in Germany, this time in Hamburg. Maybe this is simply how they dispose of dead people in Africa.
Many thanks to MissPiggy for translating this article from the Hamburger Morgenpost:
Bizarre case in Hamburg — Who dragged the dead woman onto the street ?
BRAMFELD, Hamburg — This case is absolutely bizarre: A woman is carried out of an apartment building in Hamburg. She is dead. A neighbour accidentally sees the scene in the residential area near Scheidingweg, and informs the police. The first suspicion: the woman may have been killed. But then the investigation takes a bizarre turn. In the end many question marks remain.
A neighbour in Bramfeld saw from his balcony how a lifeless person was simply laid on the street. The next day he says to the MorgenPost: “At first I thought it was just garbage. But then he tugged at it like that. And then I saw the arm!”
The man searched for his cell phone and immediately called 911. Since a homicide had to be assumed at first, the police went out with a large contingent.
Forensic medicine in Hamburg must clarify how the woman died. The deceased is a 50-year-old woman from Ghana. However, it cannot be assumed that she was killed. “There is every reason to believe that she died of an illness,” a police spokesman said. Forensic medicine will clarify the cause of death. A autopsy was ordered.
The fact that the woman had been suffering from an illness for a long time was also confirmed by residents of the building from which the woman’s body was carried.
Hamburg: Corpse found — police search flats
The police officers, together with colleagues from the fire brigade and the State Criminal Police Office, were active throughout the night. In addition to questioning local residents, some apartments were also searched.
The investigation led the police to a neighboring apartment where the woman probably lived before her death. A 37-year-old man from the apartment and a 55-year-old man whom the police had previously met on the sidewalk next to the body were temporarily arrested.
Hamburg: Why didn’t the men call the police?
However, suspicions were not confirmed. The 55-year-old was released; the 37-year-old, who is a Nigerian citizen, remains in custody for the time being — there is suspicion of illegal residency. Was the 37-year-old perhaps worried that he might be deported if he reported the death of his alleged roommate? Did he therefore carry her out into the streets in the hope that he would not be associated with her death?
“The time, place and cause of the death are still unclear,” the police said the following morning. “The autopsy of the body has not yet been completed. The investigations by the competent state criminal investigation office are continuing.”
Hamburg Police: Relations between the parties are still unclear. Should a natural cause of death also be confirmed by forensic medicine, there will be no prosecution of the men, said a police spokesman for the agency AFP. Their behavior is “morally doubtful”, but not punishable. The relationship between men and women still had to be examined. It is therefore at most an administrative offence.