Munich (dpa / lby) - Out of jealousy, a man in Munich killed his wife with about a dozen knife wounds a good two years ago. The sentence for murder with life imprisonment has now been overturned, he has to be behind bars for a shorter time. The Munich I Regional Court sentenced him to eleven years in prison for manslaughter, a court spokesman announced on Thursday. The "Bild" newspaper first reported on it.
The district court initially sentenced the man to life imprisonment for murder in 2021. In response to the defendant's appeal, the Federal Court of Justice changed the guilty verdict in April so that the defendant was not guilty of murder but of manslaughter. The BGH referred the matter back to the district court.
When he confronted her in the shared apartment, she asked him to leave. He then took a kitchen knife and gave her about a dozen stitches in the torso, head, neck and chest. Finally he choked the wife who had already fallen to the ground.
Unlike the regional court in its original judgment, the Federal Court of Justice saw no malice in the attack that justifies a conviction for murder. The victim was not innocent.