Authorities refused to take care of the attacker from Würzburg
According to WELT information, the attacker should receive a supervisor months before the fatal knife attack in Würzburg. But this was refused. Bavaria’s authorities initially kept this silent. An expert is stunned.
NAfter the knife attack in Würzburg with three fatalities, possible omissions by the Bavarian authorities in the run-up to the crime are now in focus. According to information from WELT, the accused Somali Abdirahman Jibril A. was supposed to get a carer at the suggestion of a psychiatric institution at the beginning of the year. However, the corresponding proceedings were “discontinued with the decision of April 14, 2021”, as the Würzburg District Court announced on request.
According to its own information, the court came to the conclusion at that time that A. “There were no sufficient indications for the requirement of care, especially since the person concerned could not be found despite multiple attempts.”
The now 24-year-old was already the focus of the police several times due to psychological problems and threats. On January 12th and 13th of this year he insulted several people in shelters for the homeless in Würzburg and threatened them with a knife. The public prosecutor’s office in Würzburg then started an investigation. The accused was placed in a facility from January 13-21.
Research by WELT revealed a few days ago that A. was already being investigated for dangerous bodily harm at the end of 2015. He is also said to have held a knife in his hand during this dispute in an asylum center. However, the proceedings were discontinued in 2017.
A total of four proceedings relating to A. have been pending at the Würzburg District Court since the beginning of the year. The first dealt with the threats in the homeless shelter, the second with the ultimately refused care.
The third case was triggered by another incident in Würzburg in mid-June: A. stood in front of a car in traffic, brought it to a stop and got into the car without being asked. Then he is said to have asked the driver to take him into town.
In this case, too, a decision by the Würzburg District Court was not initiated. The reason: A. was allowed to leave the psychiatric facility after just one night, “because the facility was of the opinion that from a medical point of view at the time there was no reason for the person concerned to be at risk to others,” the district court said.
There were new clues two days before the act
The fourth and ongoing procedure is again about the appointment of a supervisor. On June 23, two days before the fatal knife attack, the care center of the city of Würzburg found indications of an “existing need for care due to mental disorders”. An expert was commissioned to prepare an expert opinion. This is currently not yet available.
Professor Volker Thieler, head of the Kester Haeusler Research Institute for Care Law, stunned the process. He sharply criticizes the actions of the Bavarian authorities: “After the serious predicate offenses of the accused, which have now become known, one of those involved must have failed.”
He cannot understand that only one supervisor was suggested for the man in Würzburg. “Because of his predecessor acts and the support procedures, the briefing should have been initiated immediately. He was obviously dangerous to the public. “
This is a prerequisite for admitting and imprisoning a person in Germany, explains Thieler. “It happens very quickly, even the police can do that if they catch him on the street.” In the psychiatric institution, an expert opinion is usually obtained to assess whether the person concerned is still dangerous.