“Suddenly this man pulled a long knife out of his sleeve and came at me making gestures of stabbing,” said traumatized victim Doreen T. (42 years old), describing her fear of death in court at the time.
The perpetrator, Mahamad Abdullahi A. (21years old) from Somalia, walked out of court on Monday as a free man!
The rejected and only tolerated asylum seeker had threatened the old age home care worker at a bus stop in the Rostock district of Toitenwinkel with a kitchen knife (20 cm long blade) and robbed her of her handbag on February 17, 2019. He took 60 Euros from her purse and threw the other things away. The police arrested the African later on.
Consequence: detention and a charge of grand larceny!
At the beginning of the trial in the Regional Court there was the almost usual ” agreement ” between the parties to the trial. The deal: confession in return for a lenient sentence.
As a result, the Somali, who had denied the crime to the police, now showed signs of remorse, admitted everything and apologized.
As a motive for his act he stated yesterday that he had no money and was psychologically broken – because of the terrible experiences of his flight in the rubber dinghy.
The verdict of the regional court according to juvenile criminal law: only 20 months imprisonment, suspended on probation. The court costs are paid by the state.The victim cannot understand the lenient sentence. Doreen T. to the tabloid BILD: ” Fair would have been a prison sentence. I am angry and feel as if I and my consequential damages had not been considered at all. I have been undergoing psychological treatment for a year and a half.The crime always keeps coming to my mind.
The verdict has rather negatively impacted on my course of treatment and doesn’t really help me to cope with what happened.”
Doreen T. used to be involved in refugee related projects herself. Today she says: “I have learned my lessons and become very careful!”