March 30, 2020
Soon these hajis won’t even get sentences at all.
Marcus Hempel, who was 30, died after being struck several times in the head by Sabri H., a Syrian asylum-seeker, on September 29, 2017 in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany. On Thursday, Sabri was sentenced to just two years’ probation and 120 hours of community service for the crime.
The scuffle that led to Hempel’s death was recorded by a security camera, and the unedited video has been made available at the Junge Freiheit website.
Hempel and a female friend arrived by bicycle at the Arsenal shopping center just before 3 PM. There was a group of four boys, Sabri being one of them, near the entrance. As they were entering the mall, Hempel suddenly turned around and went back to confront the group, presumably because they had said something to him. After an exchange Sabri ended up shoving Hempel, and then Hempel hit Sabri. After that, Hempel’s friend tried to separate them. Sabri then grabbed the woman by the arm, and Hempel shoved Sabri to push him away from her, after which Sabri hit him four times in the head. Hempel can then be seen lying unconscious on the ground. Sabri and his friends quickly left the scene.
Hempel died of brain edema at the Dessau City Hospital that night at 11:37 PM.
It is believed that Sabri was only 17 at the time, and thus was tried in the juvenile chamber of the Magdeburg District Court. However, Karsten Hempel, Marcus’ father, pointed out that the court’s own report indicated that Sabri could have been anywhere between 13 and 27 at the time of the killing, but they never bothered to ask Interpol to confirm his age medically. Nor did the court ever attempt to determine if there was a motive for the killing or if Marcus and Sabri had known each other previously.
Also, Hempel’s lawyer, Thomas Seifert, was not able to be present when the verdict was announced. He explained that he had been banned from the courtroom by the judge due to coronavirus fears because he had come from Belgium, despite the fact that Germany currently has no ban on travellers from Belgium.