Life imprisonment for Syrian after knife attack in Dresden
Out of Islamist and homophobic sentiments, the 21-year-old attacked a gay pair. One man died, his partner survived severe injuries.
In the trial for the deadly knife attack against a gay pair in Dresden, the 21-year-old defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment. According to the judgment of the court, the Syrian was guilty of murder, attempted murder, and serious bodily injury, said the head judge of the Dresden Higher Regional Court, Hans Schlüter-Staats. The State Security Senate also sees a special seriousness to the guilt.
Preventive detention included
In addition, preventive detention under conditions is ordered for the Islamist threat known to police — that means, it must be examined in due time. With the sentence, the Senate of the Higher Regional Court of Dresden followed the demand of the federal prosecutor. The defense had not asked for a specific sentence but asked for the application of Juvenile Sentencing Law for the 21-year-old.
The Syrian stabbed a homosexual pair from Nordrhein-Westfalen in the Dresden inner city on October 4, 2020. One of the men (55) died; his 53-year-old partner was severely injured but survived. According to the judgment, the defendant acted out of a radical-Islamist and homophobic sentiment. He described the course of events to a psychiatrist in prison. The trial began in mid-April.
Youth sentencing for ISIS propaganda
A. [Defendant] came to Germany in 2015 as a minor refugee. Due to propaganda for the terror network Islamic State (IS) he was sentenced under youth sentencing by the Higher Regional Court in 2018, which, after an attack against law enforcement officers, was increased. He was released in September 2020 under strict conditions.
After the bloody act, he managed to escape undetected for 5 days. Almost three weeks later, he was identified by a DNA trace and arrested in the Dresden inner city — in his backpack a ham [butcher] knife was found.