A hipster DJ has been jailed for life for shooting a woman in the head with a silenced handgun out of sheer bloodlust after picking her at random.
The man, named only as Constantin S., 40, has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison by a court in the city of Duisburg, in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Bearded Constantin S., better known as DJ Constantin in hipster circles, killed 46-year-old cafe owner Birgul Duven with two shots, the court was told.
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The presiding judge said Mrs Duven was a random victim, who he did not know at all, and described the motive as sheer bloodlust.
He meticulously scouted the area around Mrs Duven’s cafe the day before and chose his victim carefully.
The presiding judge said: “He apparently chose Birgul Duven by chance. He wanted to commit a murder and deliberately decided to kill a human being.”
Court spokesman Thorsten Sevenheck said: “The prosecution assumes the defendant deliberately wanted to exploit the innocence and defencelessness of his victim.”
On the day of the murder, Mrs Duven had first prepared a sandwich for her husband before preparing to open the family-owned cafe.
When Constantin S. arrived on 3rd May 2017 at 9.15am, the cafe had not yet opened and Mrs Duven was alone in the building.
Constantin S. asked if he could use the toilet as an excuse to enter the building.
He then shot his victim twice with a gun fitted with a silencer. The first bullet entered her right cheek and upper body, the second went through her skull and lung.
She died instantly but Constantin S. was not linked to her murder for another nine months when cops arrested him in the capital city of Berlin for hitting a female pensioner over the head with an iron bar.
Cops found that his DNA and fingerprints matched those found in Mrs Duven’s cafe in Duisburg.
According to local media, DJ Constantin was a well-known figure in the local hipster scene, with his trademark beard and a knot in his hair.
He was born in Venezuela, but lived most of his life in the industrial Ruhr Area of western Germany.
Constantin S. had studied international marketing and had also travelled widely, living for a time in Australia, Argentina and Spain.
At the time of his arrested in Berlin, he was homeless and using the Couchsurfing app to sleep on other people’s sofas.