An extraordinary trial was held this week in Switzerland. A 23-year-old young man was accused of having immured a 24-year-old comrade to death. The facts date back to April 7, 2019. On that day, the accused locked his friend in a cave in the Bruggerberg, in the county of Aargau, blocking the entrance with stones, branches and earth. The victim died of hypothermia within 4 to 24 hours, and his body was found by chance nearly a year later by hikers. The accused had already attempted to murder his victim on March 31, 2019 during a hike in Ticino, pushing him down a steep slope. He eventually escaped with minor injuries.
After his arrest, the man had confessed to the police the murder of his friend and had not even provided many elements on the course of the facts. But during his trial, he backtracked, and was content to repeat “I don’t know” to most questions. However, he did not deny having made a fire in front of the cave after blocking the exit to grill a sausage.
The defendant suffers from psychiatric problems
For several years, the defendant suffered from psychiatric problems. Our colleagues from 20 Minuten report that before the Court he declared: “Something is wrong with me”, adding that he was “a lone wolf”. A psychiatrist also described the defendant as having below average intelligence, stating that he suffers from personality disorders and attention deficit disorder (ADHD), but that his responsibility was not diminished. This Thursday, October 20, the accused was finally sentenced to 19 years in prison. Justice also ordered a therapeutic measure, also called in Switzerland “small internment”.
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