Arsonist gets 7 years for burning luxury vehicles

By SAPA Time of article published Apr 4, 2012

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BERLIN: An unemployed man who set fire to 102 parked cars – mostly luxury models – in the streets of Berlin was jailed for seven years by a German court yesterday.

The accused admitted and apologised for 86 counts of arson. He said he hated the affluent.

“Rich people who have more money deserve to get hassled,” he told the state court in Berlin in an explanation of his motive.

Police suspect several lone-wolf attackers were behind the rash of fires that gutted 700 cars over the course of last year.

Authorities were unable to catch the other firebugs.

The accused was caught when police noticed him travelling to the scenes of various fires on security video from the city’s public transport system.

Prosecutors said the accused spread fear when fires broke out night after night. But they said he was entitled to a reduction in his sentence for admitting the attacks and apologising.

A psychologist told the court that the accused enjoyed the sense of omnipotence from damaging other people’s property with impunity.

His own lawyer said his client was unhappy in his private life and about his lack of work qualifications. – Sapa-dpa

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