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He Avoids Long Jail Sentence With Courthouse Proposal

His now-fiancee opted not to testify against him for allegedly trying to kill her
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 18, 2020 12:46 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 48-year-old man in Germany avoided a lengthy jail sentence after he made a marriage proposal in court to the woman he was on trial for allegedly trying to kill with a bayonet, per the AP. The woman said yes, then refused to testify against him, reports the German-language Die Welt. Judges in the western city of Bonn nonetheless convicted the man Thursday of intentional bodily harm and attempted coercion charges after concluding that the woman's original statement to police was insufficient evidence to convict him of the more serious charge of attempted homicide.

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The defendant and the 36-year-old woman already were in a relationship when he allegedly stabbed her in the head in February because he was jealous she had met with her ex-husband. The judges criticized the victim for protecting the defendant, with whom she has a child. Spokesman Tobias Guelich said the court sentenced the man to 18 months in prison. He already has served five months and was released Thursday pending a possible appeal.

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