After the death of a firefighter: hate mail to the mayor of Augsburg after an act of violence

Augsburg (dpa) – After the violent crime on St. Nicholas Day 2019 on Augsburg’s Königsplatz, then-mayor Kurt Gribl (CSU) was confronted with numerous hate messages.

For the first time, an alleged sender is due to respond on Thursday for insulting in Augsburg district court. The background to the attacks on the town hall chief was wording taken from the obituary the mayor issued for the Augsburg firefighter who was killed.

The 49-year-old city worker argued with several youngsters on December 6. A 17-year-old is said to have killed the man with a single punch. The case grabbed the headlines for weeks. The prosecution has now laid charges of bodily harm leading to the death of the 17-year-old, the trial date is not yet known.

In the obituary, Gribl wrote that the professional firefighter had died “as a result of a tragic incident”. As a result, Gribl has been heavily criticized on social media and via email for allegedly trivializing the act.

According to the public prosecutor, nearly 30 messages were also checked for their criminal relevance. The 61-year-old, who is now charged in court, reportedly wrote in an email regarding the mayor of “left-wing idiots in heat” and described Gribl as a criminal.

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