A lenient sentence for the Syrian Mohamad K. (54 years old), his son Alaa K. (17 years old) and the Lebanese Ayman Z. (22 years old)!They had struck a Syrian couple in the church office on Christmas Eve when receiving gifts. When the volunteer Mike Weller (51 years old) intervened, the 17 year old rammed a knife into his lungs – the victim had to undergo emergency surgery.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the verdict: The knife-stabber was sentenced to one year on probation for assault, his father six months in prison – already compensated by the detention. The Lebanese was acquitted.
The court’s statement reads: “As a result of the hearing of evidence, the chamber was unable to establish intent to kill in the case of the juvenile defendant. It could not be established that the father of the juvenile defendant knew that his son had carried a knife.
Father and son have apologized to Mike Weller. He has accepted this apology. It is a tradition in the parish of St. Nicolai: On Christmas Eve, people in need are invited, there is a meal, a present. Mike Weller remembers: “Clothes were distributed. Knitted items for children, items from the clothing store – actually, nothing to jump the queue for.”
A Syrian man, 53 years old, did it anyway. After a scuffle, the 53-year-old is thrown out. But he comes back with six cronies – including his 17-year-old son, who again instigates a row.
After the men had forced their way in, they are said to have beaten and entered two asylum seekers. When Mike Weller wants to intervene, the 17-year-old stabbed the parish worker, according to the public prosecutor’s office.
Weller remembers: “Suddenly I noticed that my T-shirt was all wet. I touched it: My hand was covered in blood.” An acquaintance found a first-aid kit, closed the wound with a gauze bandage. “I could hardly breathe,” says Weller. “But if he hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t be here today.”
The ambulance takes him to the hospital. Diagnosis: Lung and spleen are injured – danger to life! Shortly after midnight the emergency operation begins. The doctors can save his life.