I.The courtroom is about alcohol and its effects. The defendant does not deny having committed the alleged killing of another woman, but she does not admit the crime either. Rather, Manuela U. claims that she could not say anything about the act. She has no memory of the day because she was drunk. On other occasions she also had a “blackout” several times after consuming alcohol. The lawyer reads this statement for the 50-year-old defendant in the Darmstadt Regional Court on Wednesday. Manuela U. answers questions herself.
The film tear caused by alcohol, at least in the portrayal of Manuela U., makes a violent crime disappear. This act occurred in 2016. In August, the body of a woman was found in a ditch near Ikea in the north of Frankfurt. The case remained unsolved for a long time, until the police found Manuela U., her 26-year-old son Patrick and the 24-year-old Dennis L., then a roommate with the family, through a DNA trace.
Choked in August 2016
The victim, 55-year-old Gabriele L., had lived for five years in Manuela U.’s apartment on Ben-Gurion-Ring in Nieder-Eschbach, where she was suffocated in August 2016, as the indictment says. According to prosecutors, Patrick U. pulled a plastic bag over the victim’s head while his mother watched. Dennis L. held the woman writhing in agony. The youth chamber of the Darmstadt Regional Court is responsible for this case from Frankfurt because Dennis L. was an adolescent at the time and comes from southern Hesse. Before this act, Gabriele L. was often beaten or otherwise abused by Manuela U. and her son, as the indictment says. Dennis L. had already confirmed these allegations at the start of the trial in April.
Since then, the criminal chamber has interviewed many people close to Manuela U. to get an idea of the woman. The witnesses, including former life partners, reported beatings and manipulation using “mind games”. The psychiatric assessor spoke of sadistic joy in tormenting other people. In his opinion, Manuela U.’s regular alcohol consumption played no role in the killing of Gabriele L. The pleadings are scheduled for this Thursday, the verdict should come next week.