A German man who stabbed to death a nine-year-old boy, bragged about it online and then killed another man while on the run was sentenced to life in jail on Wednesday. Marcel Hesse, 20, committed the grisly crimes out of “bloodlust”, dissatisfaction with his life, delusions of grandeur and “to satisfy his sadism and show off”, prosecutors said during his trial.
The case shocked Germany when, almost a year ago, police learnt of the child’s murder through images the killer had posted on the darknet — hidden websites only accessible using encryption technology that are notoriously used to trade illegal drugs, weapons and child pornography.
Hesse had lured the boy from a nearby family home, in the western town of Herne, into his basement and stabbed him 52 times with a folding knife, then went on the run. — AFP