A severed human head has been laid in front of the Bonn district court. A police spokesman said in the evening in Bonn that passers-by had alerted the police early on Tuesday evening that there was a body part in the entrance area of ​​the court.

“We found out a short time later that it was a human head.” The presumably associated torso was discovered near the banks of the Rhine – in the area of ​​the old customs. The two sites are about a kilometer apart.

The dead man is believed to be a 44-year-old from the homeless milieu. Finally, the identity could not be determined so far. A suspect, also believed to be homeless, is still in custody, police said. It was a 38-year-old who was known to the police primarily in connection with narcotics crime.

So far, the suspect has remained silent about the background, said the spokesman. However, he correctly described the location of the body near the banks of the Rhine to the investigators. The man is expected to be brought before the magistrate on Wednesday. Police and prosecutors are investigating a suspected homicide.

The Bonn Regional Court, in front of whose main portal the severed head was discovered, was open again on Wednesday. Business operations are proceeding normally, said a court spokeswoman. When the head was discovered early Tuesday night, the downtown courthouse was already closed to the public. The doors of the column-decorated main portal were also closed. The forensics team had hung up a dark tarpaulin in the entrance area. On Wednesday there was nothing more to see.