On Monday, 28th of January 2019, the trial started against 42-year-old Matthias E. (photo). The man, father of two and recently separated, tried to purchase a Glock 17 and brass knuckles to avenge the death of his wife raped by twelve Syrian immigrants: a fake story, nonetheless, which puts into question the sanity of the accused.
In May 2018, investigators from the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany were informed by Australian law enforcement that a German man wanted to buy a firearm weapon with a silencer and 100 rounds of ammunition via darkweb. The Criminal Police Office (BKA) quickly red-coded the case and started tracking the man:
“We put code red on the case. We could not rule out that we have a potential gunman in front of us.”
Soon enough, on 19th of June 2018, the German police set up a meeting in Sachsenpark parking lot north of Leipzig. The man handed €2300 to the undercover agent, took the pistol, and then both got arrested by ready policemen in flagrant.For the prosecutors, who deal with tens of such cases each year, it was rather unusual for a suspect to write his motivations so quickly and detailed. Almost from the beginning, Matthias E. sent multiple e-mails to the undercover agents explaining how his wife committed suicide after being gang-raped by a dozen Syrian immigrant, and how he seeks revenge.
Surprisingly, the story was completely fake, denounced by both his 41-year-old ex-wife and a 38-year-old ex-girlfriend. The latter had recently moved out along with her two kids from his residence. Both women describe the man as being authoritarian and full of negativism.
His ex-girlfriend decalred: “He was very bitter. In his eyes, the whole world was bad.” Words confirmed by his ex-wife: “He was bossy and threatened me.”
Katrin Minkus, the representative of the Prosecutor General’s Office, argued that the accused would have used the weapon at least against close family members and that he’s a threat to public safety.
On the other hand, defense attorney Peter Hollstein claimed that Matthias was more a threat to himself than others and that he would’ve done “self-harm, never to third parties,” and that he was not “homicidal.”
The Saxon Attorney General’s Office had brought charges of unauthorized acquisition of a firearm and blunt weapon. Since then, Matthias E. has been in custody. He must spend the next three months in a psychiatric clinic for further evaluation, being suspected of suffering from a form of personality development disorder. Nevertheless, if the accused is found sane his risks a minimum of ten years in prison.
The trial will continue from 6th of February 2019, an LKA official announced.