Ursula K. (75) lived in the apartment building on Oderbruchstrasse (Prenzlauer Berg) for 45 years. Then on a Friday evening a neighbor was standing in front of her door …
Shortly afterwards the old lady was dead. The killer was walking barefoot in the street.
Here he was stopped by a BZ reporter covering the drama. Photographer Dirk Böttger yelled at him: “Lie down on the floor immediately!” The man did that too and was arrested by the police.
Now the trial against Roman R. (20) began. District Court, Room 142. The 20-year-old is charged with killing an old neighbor who died on May 28th with several knife wounds. Because of a mental illness he was not guilty of the manslaughter, it is said.
The public prosecutor’s office is seeking placement in a psychiatric hospital. That means: clinic instead of jail. Roman R. has been behind bars in the psycho-clinic since his arrest.
The accused also lived with his mother and brother in the house on Oderbruchstrasse – on the mezzanine floor below the fatality. Ursula K. has lived on the first floor since 1976.
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She used to be the department head for women’s fashion in the department stores on Alexanderplatz (center) and Anton-Saefkow-Platz (Lichtenberg).
“The house is very noisy,” says her son. “When someone tried to break open your door with a lot of noise, it didn’t open. Only when it was quiet outside did she want to look. But he was still there, so he came in. “
Neighbors found the woman seriously injured in the living room. The ambulance couldn’t save her.
His place remains empty during the process. Leadership not possible, not transportable, they say. He should refuse to be treated, still be dangerous to others.
The judge will visit him behind bars on Thursday to get an impression. It will continue on October 25th.
Defense attorney André Rösler on the BZ: “His state of health is now the top priority, an expert must clarify his culpability.”
The old lady’s children have tears in their eyes. They lost their mother in a terrible way!