A trial has started in Germany of a neo-Nazi lynch mob who beat an immigrant man to death on a night when they went ‘hunting’ for migrant invaders.
Prosecutors at Bonn State Court said the four attackers – ranging in age from 19 to 35 – had all been drinking when they set out to find migrants to rough up.
A court spokesman said: ‘The accusation assumes that their original objective was to go out in the town of Waldbröl to mess with refugees.’
One of the accused later said they wanted to ‘hunt refugees down,’ claiming they knew a girl who had been stalked by a migrant.
On the nigh in question the quartet – armed with a baseball bat and knuckledusters – did get into a brawl with some asylum seekers but they managed to get away.
Then the four men, who had all been drinking heavily earlier in the day, chanced upon a 40-year-old immigrant from Kazakhstan, who they knew. Identified only as Klaus B., they proceeded to beat him close to death.
He was hit with the baseball bat, punched in the head with the knuckledusters and kicked repeatedly. Finally one of the assailants jumped on his back.
It took father-of-two Klaus nine days to die from his injuries which included a fractured skull, broken ribs and traumatic brain injuries.
Prosecutors say the youngest of the attackers laid into him with the baseball bat. Robin Fassbender, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in Bonn, said; ‘This was a particularly brutal attack. One of the attackers confirmed they wanted to mess with refugees on this night.’
Klaus B. managed, it is alleged, to get to his feet one last time before his attackers told him to ‘piss off’ and kicked him back down again.
All defendants are known to police because of their right-wing backgrounds.
The trial will last until the end of June. They are charged with grievous bodily harm resulting in death and an attack resulting in death and could be jailed for up to ten years each.