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World Man on trial for pushing boy under German train

14:52  19 august  2020
14:52  19 august  2020 Source:   bbc.com

Eritrean on trial for pushing boy under German train

  Eritrean on trial for pushing boy under German train An Eritrean man goes on trial in Germany on Wednesday for fatally throwing a boy under a train during an episode of paranoid schizophrenia, in a case that stoked a heated immigration debate. Following a psychiatric assessment, prosecutors said Araya was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and had "at least a considerably reduced ability" to control his actions.The man, identified by police as Habte Araya, 41, is accused of pushing the eight-year-old boy and his mother onto the tracks in an apparently random attack at Frankfurt's main station last July.

An Eritrean man goes on trial in Germany on Wednesday for fatally throwing a boy under a train during an episode of paranoid schizophrenia, in a case The suspect, who had entered Germany from Switzerland days earlier, also tried to push a 78-year-old woman onto the tracks but she managed to

An Eritrean man goes on trial in Germany on Wednesday for fatally throwing a boy under a train during an episode of paranoid schizophrenia, in a case The suspect, who had entered Germany from Switzerland days earlier, also tried to push a 78-year-old woman onto the tracks but she managed to

a group of people sitting at a table with a vase of flowers: An eight-year-old boy was killed in the attack and his mother was injured © Getty Images An eight-year-old boy was killed in the attack and his mother was injured

An Eritrean man is set to go on trial in Germany over the death of an eight-year-old boy who was thrown in front of a train last year.

Habte Araya, 41, is accused of pushing the boy and his mother onto the tracks at Frankfurt's main station during an episode of paranoid schizophrenia.

Mr Araya had "at least a considerably reduced ability" to control his actions, prosecutors say.

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An Eritrean man goes on trial in Germany on Wednesday for fatally throwing a boy under a train during an episode of paranoid schizophrenia, in a case that stoked a heated immigration debate. The man , identified by police as Habte Araya, 41

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, Holger Muench, Chief Commissioner of Germany 's Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) Federal Crime Office and Dieter Romann, Head of German Federal Police, attend a news conference a day after a man killed an 8-year-old boy by pushing him on to train

But he could also be found to have committed murder.

The charges could be raised if Mr Araya is deemed to have "deliberately exploited the victims' defencelessness".

At present the father of three is accused of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter, and prosecutors have applied for him to be placed in a psychiatric institution.

What do we know about the attack?

Mr Araya is accused of pushing the pair onto the tracks in front of an arriving train during the incident on 29 July last year.

The mother was able to roll off them and escape, but the boy was killed instantly.

Mr Araya is also accused of attempting to push a 78-year-old woman onto the tracks, but the woman managed to survive.

Witnesses said a man was then chased and stopped by passers-by.

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He then shoved the boy under an oncoming train before trying to push a 78-year-old woman, who fell over on the platform, Germany 's federal police Romann identified the man as "A.", in keeping with German police practice of not releasing suspects' full names. Police caught him as he tried to flee

He then shoved the boy under an oncoming train before trying to push a 78-year-old woman, who fell over on the platform, Germany 's federal police Romann identified the man as "A.", in keeping with German police practice of not releasing suspects' full names. Police caught him as he tried to flee

Mr Araya has no connection to the victims and did not have drugs or alcohol in his system, police say.

The case was widely covered in German media, and more than 100,000 euros (£90,000; $120,000) was raised for the boy's family in the days after the attack.

It also triggered a heated debate about immigration and crime in Germany.

While Mr Araya entered the country legally though Switzerland, where he was granted asylum in 2009, police said he was on the run following a violent incident in Zurich the previous week.

But he was not listed as wanted in European police databases and was able to cross borders freely, police say.

This prompted politicians from the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party to call for tighter border restrictions. Others called for bolstered security at train stations, and last week a government spokesman said plans to introduce this were currently under review.

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