Axe and machete used

Bonn court sentences brutal supermarket robbers

BONN/DOLLENDORF. The perpetrators have all been sentenced to prison since Friday. The cashiers of the supermarkets in Godesberg and Oberdollendorf were severely traumatized.

The perpetrators have all been sentenced to prison since Friday. The cashiers of the supermarkets in Godesberg and Oberdollendorf were severely traumatized. Masked and heavily armed with pistol, axe and machete, the robbers stormed supermarkets in Oberdollendorf and Bad Godesberg on the evening of the 19th and the morning of the 20th of February and scared the employees to death.

Five perpetrators were arrested, and on Friday the last two were sentenced to long prison terms. Due to particularly heavy robbery and particularly heavy predatory blackmail and, moreover, coercion of police officers, the 8th Grand Chamber of Criminal Investigations in Bonn sentenced a 30-year-old student for seven years, his 24-year-old accomplice to prison for five years and, moreover, ordered her accommodation in a rehab clinic: Both have been drug addicts for a long time and committed the crimes because they had debts with their dealer.

Already in September, the chamber had sentenced the three accomplices to three years and a half, a two-and-a half and  one-and-a-half-year imprisonment. Judge Kunkel called what the perpetrators had done after the second robbery particularly audacious: When they struck the stolen cash cassettes with an axe in a forest car park near Oberkassel, they were caught by jogging federal police.

When the officers wanted to turn them in, the perpetrators threatened them with a pistol, so that the policemen first ran on, but immediately alerted their colleagues. Two of the perpetrators were caught nearby. The 24-year-old defendant now benefited from the unreserved and comprehensive confession, said Kunkel, as he named all his accomplices: "Without this contribution, probably not everyone would have been caught.“ In addition, the accused have to pay: The court sentenced them to pay 3,000 euro in damages to the cashier from Oberdollendorf, as her lawyer had applied for, and 2,300 euro in damages to the owner of the market in Bad Godesberg, where they had destroyed the cash registers. The victim from Godesberg has not yet filed an application.  

Original text: Rita Klein

Translation: Mareike Graepel