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Spiez double murder accused to appear in court

Two men will stand trial next week over the killing of a couple at a children’s home in the canton of Bern in 2013.

Spiez double murder accused to appear in court
The killings took place in a children's home in Spiez. File photo: Pädagogische Lebensgemeinschaft

A 48-year-old former postman and his 20-year-old son are accused of the brutal murder of the home manager and his girlfriend.

The son and co-accused was only 16 years old at the time of the killing, which shocked residents of the quiet town of Spiez in the Bernese Oberland.

The indictment alleges the two men set about their victims in a killing frenzy, inflicting more than 50 knife wounds on each of them, according to the Blick.

It said a 12-year-old girl who lived in the home opened the door to the two accused after they rang the bell.

The men proceeded to the flat at the top of the house where the killings took place.

The woman was attacked after running to her partner’s aid.

Blick said the motive for the crime was revenge.

The younger attacker and his brother had spent time in the children’s home and had been beaten and humiliated by the other children.

 

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Swiss woman indicted over ‘jihadist knife attack’ in department store

Swiss prosecutors said Wednesday they had indicted a woman for attempted murder on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) group over a brutal knife attack in November 2020.

Swiss woman indicted over 'jihadist knife attack' in department store

The 29-year-old unnamed woman allegedly attacked two women in a department store in the southern city of Lugano.

She has been charged with attempted murder and violating laws against association with Al-Qaeda, IS and related groups, according to the indictment.

She was also charged with unlawful prostitution.

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The attorney general’s office said the indictment related to a “jihadist knife attack” and the alleged assailant, a Swiss citizen, “intended to kill her victims and to commit a terrorist act on behalf of IS.”

“The suspect acted wilfully and with particular ruthlessness. She brutally attacked her randomly-selected victims with a knife, with the aim of killing them and thereby spreading terror throughout the population on behalf of the ‘Islamic State’,” it said.

One of the two victims sustained serious neck injuries while the second victim, with help from others at the scene, managed to overpower her attacker and hold her until police arrived.

The attacker was arrested and detained. Police quickly discovered she had been linked to a 2017 jihadism investigation.

The woman had formed a relationship on social media with a jihadist fighter in Syria and attempted to travel to the war-torn country to meet him, police alleged at the time.

She was stopped by Turkish authorities at the Syrian border and sent back to Switzerland, they said, adding that the woman had suffered from mental health problems and been admitted to a psychiatric clinic.

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