His last date was his death sentence: On the gay dating platform “Planet Romeo”, the almost blind and disabled ex-cook Helmut K. (†50) from Kaufbeuren made an appointment with the user “wandalalaland” on March the 14th at 4.30 pm.
At 9.01 pm the heavy metal fan was bound and gagged in his bedroom, which is located above the well-known Escape-Room “Countdown”.He was so severely gagged that he choked to death by his dental prosthesis.The man whom the public prosecutor Andreas Slach suspects of being “wandalalaland” is now in the dock at Kempten Regional Court: Karam A. (29 years old) has lived as a model refugee in Kaufbeuren since 2015, but according to investigators, he has already killed people in his home country, Syria.But before he testified himself, he first insulted the reporter from that newspaper BILD: “Stop taking photographs of me, you are not allowed to do that. If my face becomes known in my homeland, my mother and siblings are in danger of death!”Together with Hazem K. (†21), A. is said to have plotted the murder that cost the life of Helmut K., who was in need of care and suffering from heart disease. Hazem K. knew from the neighbourhood that the person who had retired early was hoarding 8000 Euros in cash in his flat.Hazem K. chatted for the handicapped man also with potential sex partners – and is said to have had the idea for the robbery using a fake account. When interrogated by the police he confessed everything, incriminated his accomplice Karam A. severely, but then hanged himself in his cell in August.Now Karam A. is the only one in the dock for murder – and blames the dead buddy: “He fooled the police, religion and his lawyer. I don’t even know the man and I wasn’t in the flat.Now Karam A. is the only one in the dock for murder – and blames the dead buddy: “He fooled the police, religion and his lawyer. I don’t even know the man and I wasn’t in the flat. He forced me to chat with him, but then went to him all alone.”
But then how does the accused explain his DNA on the restraints and on a cupboard from which 3500 euros were stolen? Karam A. says: “Hassem K. took my cotton gloves and kitchen towel to gag him and then came back downstairs with a suitcase. He said the man died.”
In a dramatic way he tried to convince the judge of his innocence: “Ladies and gentlemen, there are many things in life that are incredible, so it is not impossible. Judge Christoph Schwiebacher ended this bizarre performance: “Don’t tell stories, stop the show!”.The computer traces also speak for themselves: the account “wandalalaland”, which was deleted on the day of the crime, led to the IP address of Hazem K. His mobile phone number and that of Karam A. were logged in at the scene of the crime.
And A., who was chronically out of pocket, went shopping for perfume for 180 euros in Munich two days after the murder, and even had 600 euros from the loot at the time of his arrest. A witness whose mobile phone Karam A. used to call the victim at 8.18 pm on the evening of the crime and confirm the sex date also recognised him in the courtroom on Monday.
He is now threatened with life imprisonment. His little brother Mohamad A. (23 years old) is also accused of complicity and receiving stolen goods – he hid parts of the booty under the cooker of a sandwich maker. A verdict is expected on December the 3rd.