“Attack in Cologne supermarket: married couple throwing meat to customer,” translated from “Attacke in Kölner Supermarkt: Ehepaar wirft mit Hackfleisch nach Kundin,” Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, May 16, 2018:
First, a one-pound pack of raw ground beef flew through the air at the cash register of the supermarket on the right bank of the Rhine, followed by several bags of chocolate peanuts from the checkout counter and lemonade from the refrigerated shelves. What initially looked like a rather unusual commercial for a food market was meant seriously, and became the subject of a criminal trial on Tuesday.
“It was pure self-defense, we were attacked first,” said the couple Selma and Ali D. (23, 24), in their own defense in the dock. It was a dangerous assault. Selma D. was said to have bitten a woman’s finger and attacked her with her fists; her husband was alleged to have stood by her and thrown food at her as well. His wife had forgotten a can of corn at the cash register, ran and apparently collided with the customer behind her on the way back. She complained, one word led to another, and the video of the CCTV camera showed an incident that led the prosecutor to comment about the defendants: “They started on the woman like an HB male. Nobody wants that while shopping at the discount store.”
Camera filmed aggression
Before the video was shown in the courtroom, the couple had still played for sympathy and claimed it had been attacked first. On the video, however, it can be clearly seen how rabidly and without hesitation the couple started on the woman. The victim was attacked with fists and kicks, so she was forced to flee. But the couple did not give up, and kept going after the woman until others intervened. The prosecutor described what she saw: “It was like being at the playground when the kids start ganging up on each other.”…
The verdict, it was finally expensive for both: due to dangerous personal injury, the court imposed a total of 6900 euros [$8,138] fine. “You could have bought a lot of corn for that,” the judge said in the courtroom in reference to the starting point of the dispute….