Seven years for Berlin teen's rampage at station fest

23rd March 2007, Comments 0 comments

23 March 2007, Berlin (dpa) - A teenager who rampaged with a knife through a festive crowd at last year's opening of the new Berlin Station was jailed Friday for seven years on 33 counts of attempted manslaughter.

23 March 2007

Berlin (dpa) - A teenager who rampaged with a knife through a festive crowd at last year's opening of the new Berlin Station was jailed Friday for seven years on 33 counts of attempted manslaughter.

The late-night attack marred the May 2006 public inauguration of one of the world's biggest and most modern railway hubs, built at a cost of 1 billion euros (1.3 billion dollars) on the opposite riverbank to the German chancellor's office.

The young person's court in Berlin also convicted the 17-year-old of causing dangerous bodily harm, but not of attempted murder.

Eight persons were critically wounded. Though no-one was permanently maimed, many victims suffered weeks of dread because one of the first people to be stabbed was infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS and which can be spread by blood smears.

Repeated medical checks have shown that none of them were infected by the attack.

The accused who was still at trade school, claimed in court he could not remember what he did because he had been drunk and he apologized to the victims collectively. After his arrest, a check showed 0.22 per cent alcohol in his blood.

Huge crowds had gathered on the night to watch a fireworks display and see the crystal-palace main station lit up after years of building work. The station combines a shopping centre, a deep tunnel and elevated platforms perched over a branch of the river.

DPA

Subject: German news

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