It may have been one of the investigators' "coldest cases", one of the longest unsolved cases in the region. More than 27 years after the act of violence against a woman in Sindelfingen near Stuttgart, the sensational resumption of the murder trial ended on Thursday with the maximum sentence for the accused perpetrator.
The regional court again sentenced the now 72-year-old man to life imprisonment in the newly opened proceedings. In 1995 he attacked a woman at an S-Bahn station and killed her with more than 20 stabs.
"I'm glad it's over," the victim's sister said through tears after the trial. "It was a huge burden for our whole family." Her lawyer spoke of a "long martyrdom" for his client.
After the procedure, there are hardly any unanswered questions for the Chamber. "He wanted to prove himself, I can do it, I can kill this young woman here," said the judge about the man. He has narcissistic-psychopathic traits and "almost longed for this self-affirmation". The victim was completely unsuspecting and defenseless during the sudden attack.
A sigh of relief and tears for the relatives of the murdered woman, who are not dealing with the case for the first time in court. Because the pensioner was already in the Stuttgart dock because of the same case. At the time, however, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) did not have sufficient proof of the murder characteristic of insidiousness. The Supreme Court dismissed the case.
Prosecutors and co-plaintiffs had asked for a life sentence for murder. The accessory prosecutor also wanted to have established a particular degree of guilt. The defense, on the other hand, had spoken out in favor of an acquittal or - in the case of a conviction - for a statute of limitations. She can still appeal the judgment of the regional court on behalf of her client and will most likely do so.