A father is in a coma after being stabbed and beaten by a neighbour and his children in a playground attack as the pair fell out over a damaged windscreen wiper.
The incident happened in a quiet residential area in Leverkusen, a city in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
According to local media, the fight started over a damaged rear windscreen wiper on the one of the 44-year-old victim’s neighbour’s cars.
The neighbour, whose name withheld, angrily confronted the 44-year-old victim, who has not been named due to privacy reasons, when he found out his windscreen wiper was damaged, blaming the man’s children for destroying it.
Even though the man’s children denied having anything to do with the destroyed car part, the neighbour did not calm down.
When one of the man’s family members called the police to clear up the case, the neighbour had allegedly already called his two sons and the trio started to beat and suffocate the man together.
One of the neighbour’s sons then allegedly took out a knife and stabbed the victim twice.
The victim’s sister said: “It all went so fast. My brother lay down on the tarmac, bleeding, and they still did not let go of him.”
Another neighbour, who is a nurse, also saw the incident evolving and immediately provided first aid.
According to local media, many children in the neighbourhood also saw the man being beaten up and stabbed as the incident happened right next to a playground.
The man was rushed to hospital where he was induced into a coma. According to the latest reports he is in a critical condition.
The victim’s mother said: “My son had a new life companion with three children and wanted to start a new life.
“Now he is in the intensive care ward and must hope that everything will be fine again.”
The neighbour’s son who allegedly stabbed the man has been arrested and is currently locked up in investigative custody.
Investigations are ongoing.