16-year-old arrested in May: student planned attack for years


In May, the police in Essen arrested a youth who allegedly wanted to commit a right-wing attack on his school. Now new details have become known.

Police vehicles are parked in front of a school

The police are investigating at the high school in Essen on May 16, 2022. The high school student was arrested at his parents' home Photo: David Young/picture alliance

CARLSRUHE dpa | One arrested in May high school student from Essen suspected of terror has obviously been planning a right-wing extremist attack at his school for a long time. According to a decision by the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) on the case published on Thursday, he "understood for years how to completely disguise himself and plan a sophisticated attack scenario unnoticed by everyone". (Az. StB 37/22)

The document of August 25 also shows that the now 17-year-old was released from custody for four weeks. During this time, he volunteered for inpatient treatment in a child and adolescent psychiatric facility. According to the statements, a BGH investigating judge had the terror suspect released from custody on July 27. A month later, the competent BGH criminal senate reinstated the arrest warrant on the complaint of the Federal Public Prosecutor General.

The reason given is that there is still an urgent suspicion that the accused and his defense attorneys have not denied it. "The defendant's firmly established racist attitude, his massive willingness to use violence and the effort he put into the crime over several years speak to a large extent for his harmful tendencies and the seriousness of the guilt."

The investigators assume that the then 16-year-old wanted to cause a bloodbath on May 13 at Essen's Don Bosco High School. He had been arrested the day before after being informed by a classmate at his parents' home. At that time it was also said that there were indications of mental problems. On May 16, the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office took over the investigations from the Düsseldorf Public Prosecutor's Office, because of the "special importance" of the case. "Teachers and a large number of students should have been killed."

Crossbows, knives, bomb parts

According to the Federal Court of Justice, the Federal Public Prosecutor had promised to examine "immediately" whether the arrest warrant could be suspended subject to conditions in order to enable the treatment to continue. Initially, no one could be reached at the federal prosecutor's office.

Among other things, police officers had found crossbows, knives, machetes, air pressure pistols and materials for pipe bombs on the student - "everything that is essential for the construction of an explosive device (...)", writes the BGH. In the meantime, blasting tests have shown that "lethal splinters", i.e. deadly splinters, could have been produced with it. The youth worked out the details of his planned "massacre" in a diary and a "manifesto". He also wrote extensive instructions for imitators and recorded video messages.

It goes on to say that the young man had "openly spoken to JVA officials about his attack plan, his murderous fantasies, his hatred of foreigners" and his admiration for earlier right-wing extremist assassins and "has not yet refrained from doing so". There is no evidence that he secretly wanted to be exposed. On the contrary: He "emphasized on various occasions the great efforts he made to remain undiscovered". We are talking about "blind determination".

He didn't have close friends and only felt connected to "his imaginary right-wing extremist "comrades"" and a virtual character from a computer game in which the player, in the guise of a girl, went on an killing spree at a school.

The decision also shows that the father of the young person was also described by a witness as a right-wing extremist. The man himself hoarded some of the brass knuckles, machetes and pistols in the parents' bedroom. His father kept one of his grandfather's NSDAP membership pins under the bed.



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