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Seven charged with tried homicide of Berlin homeless man

Bench at Schoenleinstrasse underground station in Berlin, file picture

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The person had been sleeping on a bench within the underground station when he was attacked

The authorities in Germany have charged seven younger migrants with tried homicide after they tried to set a homeless man alight on Christmas Day.

Six of the suspects, aged between 15 and 18, surrendered to police instantly after CCTV photos of the incident in Berlin had been launched.

The sufferer, who was attacked in an underground station, was unhurt.

A seventh suspect, a 21-year-old who police say was the principle perpetrator, was arrested close to his dwelling.

Six of these detained are from Syria, one is Libyan.

All of them got here to Berlin as asylum seekers in 2014 and 2016, in accordance with the prosecutor’s workplace..

The homeless man, aged 37, was sleeping on a bench underneath sheets of paper within the Schoenleinstrasse underground station within the southern Berlin district of Neukoelln, when he was set on hearth about 02:00 (01:00 GMT) on Sunday.

A practice driver used a hearth extinguisher to manage the flames as passers-by helped to place them out.