Story By: Victoria Lyndon, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
The man suspected of pushing an eight-year-old German boy to his death in front of a train is reportedly set to avoid murder charges.
Witnesses described how Eritrean suspect Habte Araya deliberately pushed the boy and his mother onto train tracks at Frankfurt Station located in Frankfurt, a metropolis and the largest city of the German federal state of Hesse, before running away and also trying to push a third person onto the track on 29th July 2019.
Whilst the mother survived the incident, after she was able to roll away from the tracks, the boy could not be saved and died at the scene.
Araya was born in Eritrea and had been living in Zurich for 13 years, whilst working for public transport companies. According to the Swiss Police, in January 2019, he was placed on sick leave due to suffering from mental health problems.
Supposedly, Araya, a father of three, himself, was in a state of delusion when he pushed the pair onto the tracks.
The trial will begin in early 2020 but the suspect has not been charged with murder.
A letter sent to Frankfurt Regional Court by prosecutors reportedly states Araya killed a human being “without being a murderer”. Instead, he has reportedly been accused of one count of manslaughter.
An application has been made to request admission to a psychiatric ward.
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