Three jailed for beating Spanish DJ to death

Three foreigners in their 20s are in jail after being convicted of killing a 37-year-old Spanish DJ in the town of Saint Maurice in the canton of Valais more than two years ago.

Three jailed for beating Spanish DJ to death
Rhône River at Saint Maurice. Photo: Flobert/Wikimedia Commons

The DJ was beaten up by the men, who thought he had marijuana, and left to die by the shores of the Rhône River on January 27th 2013.

The ringleader of the group, a Kosovo man whose brother is currently serving a 10-year prison term, was jailed by a Martigny court for eight years for murder through recklessness and robbery, 20 Minutes reported on Monday.

The court sentenced a Frenchman to five and a half years behind bars and a Portuguese man to five years in prison for their roles in the killing.

A fourth man, also from Portugal, was found innocent of any role in the victim’s death.

 The culprits were arrested eight months after the killing.

The court heard that the Kosovar began the attack on the Spaniard, who weighed just 51 kilograms, with a kick to the neck that was followed by repeated kicks and punches from the group.

The victim implored his attackers too stop but they continued before robbing him of valuables and fleeing the scene.

The three jailed men face expulsion from Switzerland once the appeal process is exhausted, 20 Minutes said.

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Prosecutor seeks life in jail for ‘gay lover’ killer

The prosecution is seeking life imprisonment for 52-year-old Hans Peter Meier, a German accused of stabbing to death his Swiss boyfriend in Ticino in a bid to get money.

The 40-year-old victim, a marketing manager for a large bank, died on November 11th 2010 after being stabbed 30 times in his Lugano apartment.

Ticino prosecutor Moreno Capello told a Lugano court on Thursday he believed the murder was premeditated.

Maier, who declares himself to be bisexual, has told the court that the attack was a “crime of passion” brought on by a violent quarrel with his lover, the Corriere De Ticino newspaper reported on its website.

But Capello rejected the idea that the killing was a case of manslaughter, noting that Meier owed the victim 200,000 francs, which he had been entrusted to invest but squandered, the newspaper said.

Meier also faces charges of embezzlement, aggravated fraud and forgery.

The defence was to present its case on Friday with no date set for a verdict.