The suspect in the knife attack on a regional train in Brokstedt, Schleswig-Holstein, has a longer criminal record in North Rhine-Westphalia than previously known. He is said to have killed two people and injured five others in the knife attack last week.
"More than 20 investigations were conducted against the man in North Rhine-Westphalia," a spokesman for the Bonn public prosecutor's office confirmed to the "Spiegel". The majority of these proceedings had been discontinued for various reasons.
Overall, these were minor crimes, such as suspected theft, so-called fraudulent performance, bodily harm or trespassing, according to the report.
In another case, proceedings for dangerous bodily harm were pending in 2020. As part of this, the 33-year-old is said to have hit a man with a metal chain. He was also investigated in 2019 on suspicion of rape. According to "Spiegel", he was accused of using knockout drops and "sexually abusing a person unable to resist".
A large proportion of the investigations were temporarily suspended due to insignificance, insufficient suspicion or due to Section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. To put it simply, this paragraph applies if an expected judgment is not of great importance in addition to an existing conviction. According to information from “Spiegel”, the investigations that were then discontinued are to be resumed. There are said to be fewer than five. He was sentenced three times by the responsible district court in Euskirchen. It was about criminal charges for theft (2015), dangerous bodily harm (2016) and drug trafficking (2018).
The deadly knife attack on a regional train in Brokstedt, Schleswig-Holstein, has parliamentary consequences. There is talk of a failure by the authorities, because the stateless Palestinian has a long criminal record.