Elderly German beaten for asking smokers to stop

24th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

Two youths are being held for the savage beating of a 76-year-old man who asked them to stop smoking on the Munich underground railway, Bavarian police said.

23 December 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Two youths are being held for the savage beating of a 76-year-old man who asked them to stop smoking on the Munich underground railway, police in the Bavarian capital said.

The two, a 20-year-old Turk and a 17-year-old Greek, had been detained early Sunday, Josef Wilfling of the Munich murder unit said. He said the two, who are known to police for several previous offences, had admitted the assault.

Video footage of the incident, which took place Thursday evening, was shown on national television.

Two young men were seen following their victim out of the train before setting on him with punches and kicks. The youths then fled with their victim's bag.

The man suffered several fractures to the skull and brain haemorrhaging but was reported Sunday to be in a stable condition.

On reporting the crime Saturday, Munich police said they were investigating a charge of attempted murder.

Police tracked down the pair by tracing a call made by the 20-year-old Turk with a mobile phone he had stolen from a passing acquaintance earlier Thursday evening.

The trio had apparently toured the bars of Munich, consuming alcohol and other drugs.

Police said the two showed little remorse for their actions. The 17-year-old Greek said: "What was (the pensioner) doing talking to me? He must have seen that we were drunk. Then everyone is aggressive."

Smoking is not allowed on the Munich underground.

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