Cologne (dpa / lnw) - In the trial for an alleged double murder of a woman and her son, the accused made a confession on Friday before the Cologne district court. The man admitted to killing the then 24-year-old and her four-year-old son. However, the 25-year-old did not provide detailed information about the crime.
The two bodies were discovered in November 2021 in the Rhine near Cologne. According to the indictment, the 25-year-old is said to have killed the woman and their son with multiple stab wounds. Then he is said to have taken the dead into the river. The public prosecutor's office assumes that the accused did not want to pay child support as a motive. He also wanted to prevent it from being known at all that he was the father.
On the evening of the crime, he had an appointment with the woman at the Niehler Hafen in Cologne, he reported on Friday. "To my surprise, she had brought her son with her, which I had no idea." The woman said he could "take a look at the boy". He was "totally overwhelmed" by the situation, the accused said. Several witnesses testified in the proceedings that the four-year-old looked very similar to the accused.
The woman also announced, contrary to his request, that she wanted to introduce the boy to the man's mother, the German reported. Then he committed the crime.
During the confession, there was a brief commotion in the courtroom. A relative of the two victims loudly insulted the accused and banged on the window that separates the spectators from the courtroom. A verdict in the case has not yet been reached.