Copyright: Madeline Jäger
The defendant Michael K. (name changed) has had to answer for serious rape before the Cologne district court since Wednesday. He is said to have met the alleged victim at Ebertplatz.
by Madeline Jäger (jae)
Cologne. The 13th major criminal chamber met at the Cologne regional court on Wednesday (September 15) to hear the charge of serious rape. The defendant Michael K. (23) is said to have forced a woman to engage in sexual acts against her will.
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But for now it remains quiet in the crowded courtroom. Everyone is there – only the defendant is not. Even his lawyer Harald Nuss is not clear where his client is.
So the judge arranges for Michael K. to be brought before the police. More than an hour later, the police take the defendant to the courtroom. “Where have you been?” The judge asks the defendant. “He felt a little sick and thought that the appointment would take place the next day,” replies his interpreter.
Cologne: judge stunned by the defendant’s non-appearance (23)
Lawyer Nuss tries to appease and says that his client will appear at the next appointments.
“We are considering taking him into custody now,” replies the judge, visibly annoyed. “I have no understanding for this,” says the judge, stunned. Only after an extreme delay does the public prosecutor get the opportunity to read out the indictment.
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Michael K. is said to have met a woman on Ebertplatz on the night of January 15-16, 2020. Then they wanted to go to a friend of the defendant.
But at the KVB stop Nüssenberger Straße, the 23-year-old suddenly held the woman by the head and forced oral sex. “When the woman made her unwillingness clear, the defendant is said to have hit a beer bottle and said: ‘Either sex – or I’ll kill you with the bottle,'” said the prosecutor. According to the indictment, the accused threw the woman on the ground, undressed her on the green space near the train station and then lay down on her.
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The defendant does not want to comment on the allegations in court. But the 23-year-old gives information about himself with his interpreter. He came to Germany as a refugee in 2017.
He applied for asylum in Essen and was then housed in Cologne. At times he started an apprenticeship in Leverkusen, but broke it off for health reasons.
When asked, Michael K. confirms that he had to leave Germany in 2017. But then he hired a lawyer and lodged an objection. Since then he has had a limited residence permit.
Rape trial in Cologne: five days of trial planned
After completing his personal information, the judge asks him about his long criminal record. The accused had already been charged with theft, insult, illicit drug trafficking and bodily harm. He had already been sentenced to imprisonment, but it was suspended. In addition, various fines from other proceedings are still open.
“One preliminary investigation has just been closed and another one for rape is still ongoing,” added the public prosecutor at the end. The next day of negotiations is to take place on Friday (September 17th). For the trial before the Cologne district court, a total of five days are planned until September 24th.