3 men convicted of theft in 1st trials over Cologne crimes

BERLIN -- Two men were convicted of theft and given suspended sentences Wednesday in the first trials for New Year's Eve crimes in the German city of Cologne.

See Full Article

A third suspect was convicted under juvenile law and put on probation.

The spate of thefts and assaults on women near Cologne's main station, blamed largely on foreigners, caused public uproar as Germany faces a huge influx of migrants. More than 1,000 criminal complaints were filed, more than 400 of those alleging sexual crimes.

Neither of Wednesday's trials involved allegations of sexual assaults. Names were not released in accordance with German privacy laws.

The Cologne district court handed a 23-year-old Moroccan asylum-seeker a six-month suspended sentence and a 100-euro ($110) fine for stealing a cellphone from a woman as she photographed the city's cathedral, and for possessing drugs.

In a separate trial, a 22-year-old Tunisian was given a three-month suspended sentence for theft. The court found he distracted a man on a bridge near Cologne's main station while his 18-year-old Moroccan co-defendant stole a bag containing a camera.

The younger man, who the court said also committed three thefts nearly a year ago, was convicted and put on probation for two years. Both will have to do 60 hours' community work.

In the first trial, the Moroccan apologized to the victim. The 20-year-old woman didn't immediately see who had stolen the phone but caught him after an Afghan refugee who had witnessed the theft pointed him out to her.

The court stressed that the future of the man's asylum application wasn't a matter for Wednesday's proceedings.

Amid outrage over the Cologne crimes, the German government is moving to make it easier to deport foreign criminals. The changes would mean that even a suspended prison sentence would be grounds for deportation if someone is found guilty of certain crimes -- including bodily harm, sexual assault, violent theft or serial shoplifting.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • North Korea denies torturing Otto Warmbier during detention

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea on Friday denied it cruelly treated or tortured an American student who was detained for more than year and died days after being released in a coma. The comments published by the official Korean Central News Agency were North Korea’s first reaction to Otto Warmbier’s death in a U.S. Source
  • Toronto-born son of Russian spies wins fight to regain Canadian citizenship

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA - The Toronto-born son of Russian spies has won a court battle to regain his Canadian citizenship after it was revoked by Ottawa. The long-awaited Federal Court of Appeal decision in Alexander Vavilov's favour is the latest twist in an intriguing espionage saga that spans continents and cultures. Source
  • Officials to discuss condition of officer stabbed at Flint airport

    World News CTV News
    FLINT, Mich. - The Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a landlord and an insurance company spokesman said. Source
  • After saga, Trump admits there's no recordings of Comey talks

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump has declared that he never made and doesn't have recordings of his private conversations with ousted former FBI Director James Comey. His admission Thursday ended a month-long guessing game that he started with a cryptic tweet and that ensnared his administration in another controversy. Source
  • War in Afghanistan will only end when NATO leaves, Taliban leader says

    World News CTV News
    KABUL - The leader of the Afghan Taliban said on Friday that a planned U.S. troop surge will not end the protracted war in the country and vowed to fight on until a full withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan. Source
  • Car bomb in southwest Pakistan leaves at least 11 dead

    World News CBC News
    A powerful car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in southwestern Pakistan on Friday killed 11 people and wounded 20, officials said. The explosion near the police chief's office in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, was powerful enough that it was heard across the city, shattering windows of nearby buildings, said police spokesman Shahzada Farhat. Source
  • Severed toe used in famous Yukon cocktail returned with an apology

    Canada News CTV News
    DAWSON CITY, Yukon - A mummified human toe that is the key ingredient in a strange drinking ritual in Dawson City is back where it belongs. RCMP in the Yukon city say the shrivelled, brown toe that was stolen last weekend has been returned to its rightful owner. Source
  • Drink up! Human toe used in cocktail returned to Yukon bar after theft

    Canada News CBC News
    A thief who made off with a human toe that is used in an notorious cocktail served by a Dawson City bar has mailed the toe back to its owners, Yukon RCMP say. Staff at the Downtown Hotel reported the theft last Sunday, saying someone had made off with one of the bar's mummified toes. Source
  • Financier of Marawi invasion killed, Philippine officials say

    World News CTV News
    MANILA, Philippines - A Malaysian militant who helped lead and finance the siege of a southern Philippine city is believed to have been killed as the local jihadis aligned with the Islamic State group become increasingly constricted after a month of fighting, the military chief said Friday. Source
  • Friend of South Korean president handed prison sentence in corruption case

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - A South Korean court on Friday sentenced a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university. Source