A high-profile trial has begun in Germany of a Turkish and a Greek man accused of the attempted murder of a 76-year old man.
The men, aged 21 and 18, allegedly beat and kicked the victim after he had reprimanded them for smoking.
The attack in a Munich underground train station in December sparked fierce public debate over crime committed by foreign youths.
Prosecutor Anton Winkler wants the very public trial to set an example. He said:
“What I’m hoping for from this trial is that gíven the media speculation around it, it serves as a warning and causes anyone ready to commit violence to think twice about hitting someone.”
The attack was caught on CCTV and prompted calls from some conservatives for tougher sentencing and the deportation of foreign criminals.
It also became a central issue in regional election campaigns earlier this year.