In the trial surrounding the violent death of 15-year-old Anastasia from Salzgitter, the accused of murder was sentenced to eight years in prison. This was announced by a spokeswoman for the Braunschweig district court on Tuesday. The 14-year-old at the time of the crime was convicted under juvenile criminal law. The hearing was not public.
The youth was charged with treacherous murder. Together with a 13-year-old classmate, he is said to have suffocated the teenager on June 19 on an overgrown property in Salzgitter and hidden her body in a bush. The public prosecutor's office in Braunschweig accused him of having killed the girl "acting jointly with a person under criminal jurisdiction".
As the German Press Agency learned from legal circles, the public prosecutor's office had demanded a youth sentence of eight years and six months. The representatives of the co-plaintiffs wanted one year more, the defense pleaded for acquittal.
The alleged accomplice was not yet of criminal age at the time of the crime and was placed in a psychiatric clinic shortly after the crime with the consent of his parents. He is now 14 years old.
According to the public prosecutor's office, the victim and the alleged perpetrators have a Russian migration background. The 15-year-old was a Russian national, the alleged perpetrators have German and Russian nationality.