The so-called “speeding maniac of Wiesbaden,” Barsoum K., has been hit with a life sentence after the Syrian migrant drove his Mercedes 130 kilometers per hour (80 mph) to “show off,” resulting in the murder of a father and four other passengers being injured, including a young child.
The incident occurred last year on Oct. 22 when the Syrian overtook eight cars in his Mercedes CLS 350, blew through several red lights, and then smashed into a VW Golf, which contained a 30-year-old father who had not been wearing a seatbelt. The driver was traveling at high speeds in a low-speed zone through city streets. The father died a few hours later in the hospital.
The court determined the “refugee” was trying to show off to the passengers inside his vehicle, which has a minimum price of €54,346, with his erratic and reckless driving. The prosecutors said the vehicle should be considered a weapon, and due to his intent to show off, he was guilty of malice, which the presiding judge also agreed with.
Inside the victims’ vehicle, four others were injured, including a small child. Ambulances raced to the scene, and despite the life-threatening condition of the people in the vehicle he struck, the Syrian migrant, Barsoum K., chose to assault the paramedics, resulting in injuries. He then verbally insulted the police officers who arrived on the scene. It took four officers to restrain Barsoum K., place him on a stretcher, and then transport him to the hospital.
Remix News has previously recorded the many incidents involving migrants using their vehicles to kill Germans, sometimes intentionally and other times due to reckless driving and street racing:
Germany: Turkish man accused of intentionally driving into group of children, killing an 8-year-old girl
What was first viewed as a tragedy has now turned into a murder investigation
In 2020, a Syrian migrant hit and killed a 6-year-old boy during an illegal street race in Dresden. That same year, in an interview with Die Welt, Berlin Senior Public Prosecutor Andreas Winkelmann, who has made a name for himself cracking down on illegal street races, said that the majority of offenders are young men with an immigration background. This year, he said that street racing was continuing to soar, exceeding numbers for 2021 and 2022.
Again in 2020, a BMW plowed into a Polish mother and her daughter during an illegal street race in Berlin and left them both in critical condition.
In 2021, a Turkish national was accused of intentionally driving his vehicle into a group of kindergarten children in Witzenhausen-Gertenbach, killing an 8-year-old girl and seriously injuring two other children.
Germany: Berhan S. stabs 2 young girls inside Berlin’s Protestant School as 30 children watch on in horror
The perpetrator had a long criminal record and was suspected of being involved in another stabbing attack from 2009 but was never charged
Last year, a German-Armenian driver, well known to the police, was arrested for running over a large group of school children in Berlin. The attack left 14 children seriously injured and killed the teacher of the class.
In another instance in Berlin that made national headlines, a Serbian asylum seeker, 31-year-old Djordje S., sped into a mother and her 5-year-old daughter at high speed while he was trying to get away from the police. The mother and daughter were on their way to kindergarten at the time, and both victims were critically injured.