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Focus on Görlitzer Park: It happened in the bright morning

A “gang rape” was the trigger for the “security summit”. According to the indictment, which is available to the taz, DNA traces are intended to provide proof.

The Görlizer Park in Kreuzberg

The Görlizer Park in Kreuzberg Photo: Imago/Emmanuele Contini

BERLIN taz | With the term Gang rape The media tried to describe the alleged events. The crime has been making waves since the summer. Governing Mayor Kai Wegner (CDU) took this as an opportunity to call a security summit.

It was June 21st, the day of the summer solstice. At around 5 a.m., serious sexual crimes are said to have occurred in Görlitzer Park to the detriment of a young woman. The incident only became known weeks later; the police initially remained silent for tactical reasons.

Now the public prosecutor has brought charges. It may be a coincidence that the 15-page document was published on September 5th, three days before Security summit, which took place on September 8th. The speed is definitely unusual compared to other acts.

The taz was able to take a look at the indictment. Three men aged 21 and 22 are accused. The central accusation is rape in a particularly serious case. The basis is the passage in the Criminal Code that refers to rape committed by several people together; the term gang rape does not exist in the law. Particularly degrading sexual acts are also accused.

Beaten and robbed

The indictment suggests that the young couple in question, who do not live in Kreuzberg, wanted to have a good time in Görlitzer Park at dawn. The woman and the man had gone out very late that night. It is said that they bought cocaine from drug dealers in the park and then exchanged affection on a park bench. Because they felt like they were being watched, they went to a secluded spot in the park and became more intimate there.

As a result, they were surrounded there by the three accused and at least two other unknown men, possibly even more males. The husband was beaten with sticks and robbed of his fanny pack, which contained a large amount of money.

The perpetrators could have known this because the man took a 50 euro note out of his pocket while buying cocaine. The husband was unable to help his wife, who was being harassed by other perpetrators. He was brought to the ground, held and beaten with fists and sticks.

The woman defended herself against the sexual acts described in the indictment, which were forced with physical violence. At some point she managed to free herself and escape to the exit of the park.

Perpetrator description revised

The three accused were identified through DNA hits, according to the indictment. Traces of sperm in the victim’s vagina were attributed to one of the accused, and traces of sperm in the victim’s panties belonged to the other two. It is not clear who exactly committed which sexual act. However, the actions could be viewed as “complicity”.

It was not possible for the witnesses to identify themselves through photographs, for example. The husband could not directly see what was happening. According to information from the taz, the woman initially gave a description of the perpetrator, but then revised it.

The arrests took place at the end of July/beginning of August. The accused were born in West and East Africa and their asylum applications were rejected. Some of them lived on the streets in Berlin and some of them appeared in criminal law several times – for bodily harm offenses and BTM trafficking.

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