A jealous ex-boyfriend who used a chisel to fatally stab a young nurse and mum-of-one in a Nazi concentration camp bunker in Germany has been jailed for just 12 and a half years after the judge saw no “maliciousness” in the act.
The defendant, named only as Kurt L., 29, due to strict local privacy laws, killed the young mother identified as Bianca Simone, 26, by stabbing her seven times in the throat, neck, and back with a chisel in an old Nazi concentration camp bunker on 15th July 2021.
The geriatric nurse was last seen earlier that day in CCTV images from the Oranienburg train station pushing a bicycle and sporting a top with the words “Hakuna matata”.
Her body was found several days later in the same bunker, which is named ‘Karo Ass’ (‘Ace of Diamonds’) and is located in a forest near Oranienburg, a town in the north-eastern German state of Brandenburg, on 19th July 2021.
The bunker was built as part of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and was used from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May 1945.
It mainly held political prisoners throughout the war, including Joseph Stalin’s eldest son Yakov Dzhugashvili.
After setting up the camp, the Nazis also built an arms control department, a dog training school, storage and intelligence units, and an above-ground communications bunker, known as the Funkbunker Karo Ass.
The victim’s corpse was found shirtless and face-down in the corridors of the SS (Schutzstaffel) communications bunker.
The SS was Adolf Hitler’s paramilitary organisation responsible for the genocidal killing of an estimated 6 million Jews and millions of other victims during World War II.
After the initial investigation, the police arrested woodworking technician Kurt L., who was reportedly the victim’s boyfriend, on 27th July 2021.
Despite the defendant claiming his innocence, the court revealed that two days before the murder he was reportedly heard at a supermarket in Oranienburg saying that he would “make life hell” for Bianca after apparently discovering that she had cheated on him.
In court, L. stated that his 15-month-long, on-and-off relationship with the deceased was very turbulent but their frequent break-ups almost always led to reconciliation sex.
L. said: “We broke up. But then the terror continued. She came back to my apartment, rang the bell, then reconciliation sex again.”
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Neuruppin public prosecutor Marc Reinhardt, 35, demanded life imprisonment for the defendant after autopsy results confirmed that Bianca had died violently.
But Judge Udo Lechtermann, 67, reportedly did not see any “maliciousness” in the violent act, arguing that no “murder criteria” had been fulfilled, and he refused the public prosecutor’s demand for life imprisonment.
Under German law, “murder” requires premeditation, and the judge apparently did not accept that this had been proven.
Despite what was allegedly heard in the supermarket, the judge believes that the defendant killed the young mum because he was “annoyed” at not being able to win an unspecified argument against her.
Lechtermann, however, added: “We know that Kurt L. killed Bianca in the bunker. There’s no way around it. That’s fact.”
L. was therefore found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison on Tuesday, 23rd February 2022.
Court spokeswoman Iris le Clair stated: “With this prison sentence of more than 12 years, the court stayed in the upper range.”
There is no further information on whether the public prosecutor will appeal the verdict, which is not yet final.
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