The 62-year-old man received a sentence of six-and-a-half years in jail for contaminating his mother and two colleagues’ food with rat poison in September 2022

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A violinist with the Schleswig Holstein Symphony Orchestra was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison on 23 October 2023 for attempting to murder his mother and two colleagues with rat poison.

The 62-year-old man appeared in court in July 2023, having been charged with dangerous bodily harm and attempted murder. According to the indictment, he had mixed the poison in his 93-year-old mother’s food in a retirement home in Hanover in early September 2022. On a concert tour, he is said to have given the two orchestra members – another violinist and a cellist – a garlic dip mixed with the poison brodifacoum.

All three victims became seriously ill after ingesting the poison, suffering from life-threatening blood clot disorders; however they have all survived.

According to The Times, a court in Hanover was told that the man had been principal first violin and leader of the orchestra in Flensburg, Germany for three decades. After falling out with the orchestra’s new music director, he was demoted within the section. NDR reports that the musician ‘felt bullied’ within the orchestra and that he suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts.

The man received the six-and-a-half year jail sentence for attempted murder of his mother and dangerous bodily harm of his colleagues. The prosecutor had demanded he receive twelve years, due to the fact that he intentionally ordered the rat poison online. However, the man claimed innocence throughout the course of the trial, stating that he never wanted to hurt his ’beloved mother’ and described the relationship with his two orchestra colleagues as close.

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