Attacker in Berlin jailed for kicking woman down stairs
The CCTV footage of an unprovoked attack on a woman at a Berlin subway station last year had shocked Germans and went viral.
Two years and 11 months of jail time have been given to the man who kicked her down the stairs for grievous bodily harm at Hermannstrasse. The victim had suffered a broken arm and a head wound.
The attacker, who is a 28 year old Bulgarian, had said that he had no recollection of the incident, however he admitted that it was him in the video.
The woman during the trial testified that she had fallen head first and landed on her face. The woman said that she had suffered for months after the attack and initially had avoided contact with the outside world.
The man who at the trial was named as Svetoslav S, the man could be seen with three other man in the video.
Holding a bottle and smoking a cigarette, he sneaks down four steps behind his victim before launching a big kick, sending the woman flying down to the bottom of the staircase. He moves off, taking a big drag on his cigarette.
The incident had taken place in October however the video had only emerged in December. Just eleven days later, the attacker had been arrested after being identified by the public as he arrived in Berlin on a bus from France.
Under the German laws Svetoslav S, has not been made public, he has been described as a convicted criminal in Bulgaria who was suffering from brain damage which was caused by a car accident.
The sentence could have been longer, however a psychiatric expert had argued that the attacker had diminished responsibility because of the brain injury as well as alcohol and drug abuse.
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