German man murdered family fearing punishment for fake COVID pass

A German man killed his wife and three children before taking his own life, leaving behind a note that said he feared being jailed for faking a COVID-19 health pass, prosecutors say.

All five bodies were found in the family’s home in Koenigs Wusterhausen outside Berlin on Saturday, Brandenburg state prosecutors say.

The 40-year-old father said in the note that he had secured a fake coronavirus vaccine pass for his wife. But her boss spotted the fraud and planned to investigate, Cottbus prosecutors’ spokesman Gernot Bantleon told AFP.

“The father expected that he and his wife would be jailed and their children taken away,” Bantleon says.

Investigators believe the man killed the children aged four, eight and 10 and his 40-year-old wife before killing himself.

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