Four 'refugee hunters' on trial in Germany accused of beating asylum seeker to death

Four men on trial in Germany for allegedly hunting and beating refugee to death

The men reportedly left a Kazakhstan national with severe head injuries, which proved fatal

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Four men have gone on trial in Germany for reportedly hunting down and beating an asylum seeker to death. 

Prosecutors claim the group, who came from Waldbröl in North Rhine-Westphalia, had been drinking before they heard reports a girl had been harrassed by refugees.

Arming themselves with a baseball bat and knuckle duster, they have reportedly attacked other groups of asylum seekers before encountering a 40-year-old refugee, known only by the name Klaus B. 

They were then alleged to have set upon the Kazakhstan national, leaving him with severe head injuries which he later died from in hospital. 

The four men, aged between 19 and 35, face charges of dangerous bodily harm resulting in death. 

The case has been linked to the rise of 'vigilante mobs' and attacks upon refugees since the mass sexual assualts in Cologne in December 2015.