Two years after the violent death of a Berlin student at the Rummelsburg Bay, the alleged murderer has remained silent in a new trial. The 43-year-old will not comment at the moment, said one of the defense attorneys on Tuesday before the Berlin Regional Court. The accused was sentenced to life imprisonment by the court in March 2021 for murder and rape. The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) partially overturned the verdict. The central question is now the culpability of the 43-year-old.
According to the first verdict, the German had raped the 15-year-old student on the night of August 5, 2020 on a wasteland near Rummelsburg Bay and then strangled her. The young person had met the stranger to her shortly before at the Ostkreuz S-Bahn station.
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The Federal Court of Justice confirmed the findings on what happened on the Spree Bay. However, all of the district court’s findings on the subjective factual side were overturned by the BGH. In November 2021, the BGH complained that the question of the 43-year-old’s criminal responsibility did not sufficiently take into account the interaction of illness, alcohol and drugs.