Life Sentence for Man Who Deliberately Drove into German Carnival Parade

A man in Germany has been sentenced to life in prison for deliberately driving a car into a carnival parade in the town of Volkmarsen last year.


About 90 people were injured, including dozens of children.

According to prosecutors, the 31-year-old German wanted to kill as many people as possible on February 24, 2020. He drove into his victims at a speed of 50 or 60 kilometres per hour. His vehicle came to a stop after 42 meters. Witnesses overpowered the driver.

The court in Kassel has found the man guilty of attempted murder, inflicting bodily harm and dangerous behaviour in traffic.

Almost two years later, it is still unknown why the man entered the parade. German media report that he remained silent in court and also refused to talk to a psychiatric expert.

He concluded that the man showed signs of a personality disorder, including narcissistic, paranoid and schizophrenic features.

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