Swiss children’s home killer gets life

A man who killed the director of a children’s home and his partner in 2013 has been given a life sentence by a Swiss court.

Swiss children’s home killer gets life
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The 48-year-old Swiss man was convicted on Tuesday by the court in Thun, in the canton of Bern, for carrying out the double killing in the town of Spiez in the presence of his son, reported news agencies.

The man and his son were arrested in 2014 following a vast investigation into the death of the 53-year-old director of a children’s home in Spiez and his partner.

The victims were stabbed to death, suffering around 100 knife wounds.

The son, now aged 19, had stayed at the children’s home with his brother for several weeks in the summer of 2003 and had suffered humiliating treatment at the hands of the home’s director, reported news agencies.

The director was killed in revenge for this, and his partner because she was a witness, found the court.

According to news agencies the convicted man never spoke of the crime and the weapon he used has never been found.

His son previously admitted to carrying out the stabbings alone, however traces of DNA at the crime scene proved that both him and his father were present.

Since he was a minor at the time of the crime the son will be tried in a juvenile court. The maximum sentence he could receive is four years in prison.


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.