Arson: Nine years in prison for attempted murder

Mönchengladbach (dpa) – In the process of deliberately setting a fire in a high-rise building, a 58-year-old man was sentenced to nine years in prison on Monday. The district court in Mönchengladbach found the accused guilty of attempted murder, among other things. He had confessed to starting the fire in the eight-story, 77-party block of flats.

According to his own statement, late in the evening of February 21, he emptied a can of petrol in front of his ex-partner’s apartment on the fifth floor and lit the fuel. “But I didn’t want to kill anyone,” he emphasized.

The criminal court did not believe the accused. Rather, the court was convinced that he wanted to take revenge after the separation and kill his long-term partner and her son. He threatened the 41-year-old woman by phone two hours before the crime. The ex-partner had confirmed the threats. When her son called “Mom, there’s a fire,” she saw that the apartment door was on fire. The woman was able to get to safety with her 17-year-old son on the balcony.

After the operation, the fire brigade emphasized that it was only thanks to the courageous intervention of two tenants that the fire did not spread. They extinguished the flames in the building using a wall hydrant. Three people were injured by smoke gases, including the ex-girlfriend and the accused. The judgment is not final. The court agreed to the prosecutor’s complaint.

© dpa-infocom, dpa:220829-99-555631/2

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