Death of Jonny K.
Attack and arrests
He was with friends when one of them was attacked, and he received injuries when he attempted to help the friend. The attack occurred close to a bar. Jonny K. was hospitalised and succumbed to a brain hemorrhage.
Police in Berlin arrested four of the accused. Another, Onur U., initially fled to Turkey. Onur U., a Turkish citizen, was 19 years-old at the time, and was an amateur boxer. Onur U. later said that he left Germany as he felt he was being presumed guilty. In April 2013 the Turkish authorities extradited Onur U. to Germany. Prosecutors stated that Onur U. was the primary culprit, as he was the first to punch the victim.
The trial began in May 2013. Two of the accused were charged with aggravated assault, and the remaining ones were charged with grevious bodily harm causing death. The suspects were not charged with manslaughter nor murder as the court could not determine that they planned to kill the victim. The prosecution wanted a five and one half year for Onur U. while the prime suspect said he did not hit Jonny K.
In June 2013 a mistrial was declared, therefore requiring the trial to occur again. Sentencing occurred in August 2013. Onur U., classified as a juvenile, was sentenced to four and one half years. Five other men, all of ages ranging from 19 to 24, each received sentences with the highest being two years and eight months.
Johnny K.'s sister, Tina K. began anti-violence advocacy. She was a co-plaintiff in the criminal case against the suspects.
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