After the Rheinbad tumult: Trial against young people

More than a year after the turmoil in the Düsseldorf Rheinbad caused a stir across the country, an alleged perpetrator will come to court on Wednesday (September 16, 1 p.m.). The then 16-year-old is said to have said on the evening of July 26, 2019 to an employee of the Rheinbad according to the district court: “If we see each other privately, I will smack you on the wall.” Also: “I’ll kill you!” The charge against the now 18-year-old is a threat. The trial before a juvenile criminal judge takes place in camera.

The Rheinbad was evacuated with the help of the police on June 29 and 30 and July 26, 2019. In addition to the then 16-year-old, a complaint against a 27-year-old was filed in the course of the third tumult. According to the public prosecutor’s office, this procedure has already been legally terminated with a penalty order. The man had to pay 30 daily rates of 20 euros – or 600 euros – after he insulted a policewoman as “a dirty piece of shit” during the eviction.

According to the local court, the trial against the now 18-year-old should end after one day. Witnesses are invited. For reasons of youth protection, the court did not provide any further information on the procedure.

The circumstances, especially the last clearing of the Rheinbad, which is now the subject of the court, had triggered a political debate. Among other things, the alleged origin of the people involved played a role. According to earlier statements by the police, the now accused young person was born in Germany and has an African migration background. The then 27-year-old who insulted the policewoman is German without a migration background.

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