German youth charged with attempted murder

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27 October 2006, Berlin (dpa) - A youth who went on a stabbing spree in Berlin five months ago has been charged with 37 counts of attempted murder, prosecutors in the German capital said Friday. The youth, who was 16 at the time, has been in custody since he was apprehended shortly after running amock during festivities for the opening of Berlin's new main railway station on May 26. Mike P, who was said to have been drunk at the time, was detained about one kilometre from the scene by private security guar

27 October 2006

Berlin (dpa) - A youth who went on a stabbing spree in Berlin five months ago has been charged with 37 counts of attempted murder, prosecutors in the German capital said Friday.

The youth, who was 16 at the time, has been in custody since he was apprehended shortly after running amock during festivities for the opening of Berlin's new main railway station on May 26.

Mike P, who was said to have been drunk at the time, was detained about one kilometre from the scene by private security guards, who then handed him over to police.

During questioning, he told investigators he had suffered a blackout and couldn't remember anything that happened.

One of his first victims was a carrier of the virus which causes AIDS, prompting fears that others who suffered stab wounds or were splattered with blood could be infected.

The Charite, a hospital near the scene of the attack, gave victims anti-HIV drugs as a precaution and conducted regular tests, which have so far failed to turn up any HIV infections.

Around 500,000 people, among them Chancellor Angela Merkel, attended the Berlin festivities for the new station.

DPA

Subject: German news

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