Gießen (dpa/lhe) - In the dispute over a drone flight in central Hesse, a retired detective is said to have killed a man with a knife. The 71-year-old is therefore before the district court in Giessen from today. The man is charged with manslaughter. The process will focus in particular on the question of whether there is self-defense in the case.
According to the investigators at the time, the accused had flown a drone in a field below Gleiberg Castle in Wettenberg in August 2020. This disturbed a 55-year-old and his 62-year-old companion because they feared that horses in a nearby paddock could be frightened by the aircraft. There was an argument in which the accused is said to have stabbed the 55-year-old in the upper body. The man died despite emergency surgery.
According to a spokesman, the Gießen public prosecutor's office had initially discontinued the proceedings against the accused German because, in their view, a situation of self-defence could not be ruled out. The Frankfurt Higher Regional Court (OLG) also dealt with the case - and ordered a court hearing. According to the public prosecutor's office, the Higher Regional Court was of the opinion that, according to a preliminary assessment, it was not a self-defense situation.