Thursday, 23. October 2014
01. 12. 12. - 17:00
A crippled killer who gunned down a public prosecutor in a court room and then tried to commit slow suicide by allowing his diseased leg to rot has been jailed for life in Dachau, Poland.
The one-legged bankrupt businessman - identified only in court as Rudolf U - had originally been in the dock to receive a suspended prison sentence for benefit fraud.
But as the judge summed up, he pulled out a handgun and shot and killed the prosecutor who'd helped convict him.
Rudolf had delayed his murder trial after refusing to allow doctors to amputate his surviving leg which was severely diseased through diabetes.
"I'd rather die," he told medics before they over-ruled his wishes and cut off the leg to save him from septicaemia.
At his murder trial in Munich, Rudolf denied trying to shoot the judge and his own defence solicitor but apologised for killing the prosecutor.
Judges told him he would serve 15 years behind bars with no possibility of parole.
The prosecutor told the court: "He remains a danger and will use any opportunity he gets to have his twisted revenge on the justice system."
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