Murder on the Wiesenstraße in Göttingen: alibi through manipulated sports watch data?

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Femicide on Wiesenstraße: Did the defendant want to fake an alibi by manipulating data from a sports watch?

Gottingen.Fingerprints, DNA traces, chat messages – these traces are often important clues in solving a crime. In the currently ongoing murder trial for the violent death of a 51-year-old woman in Göttingen, on the other hand, a special high-tech device could play a central role as evidence: on the day of the crime, both the 44 Defendant from 3 years and the victim wore a sports watch with which they recorded their sports activities.

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On Monday, a police officer outside the Göttingen district court described what information the researchers were able to obtain by evaluating this fitness data. Among other things, they found that the defendant may have manipulated data to falsify an alibi. Consequently, he had taken a walk along the Maschsee on the day of the crime. However, these alleged activities did not correspond to the number of steps recorded on the day of the crime, the investigator said. This is the proof that “this walk on the Maschsee did not exist”.

Not only the court, but also the defendants seemed to listen with special attention to the interrogation of the policeman. The public prosecutor’s office accuses the 44-year-old IT specialist from Hanover of strangling his ex-girlfriend in his apartment on Wiesenstrasse in Göttingen on August 25 last year. According to the indictment, he is said to have visited the 51-year-old single mother, who had separated from him a few weeks earlier, at her apartment on the day of the crime. There it is said that he initially feigned a peaceful demeanor and then attacked the clinic staff in a completely unexpected manner. So that he couldn’t ask for help from her, he suddenly strangled her and squeezed her until she was dead.

Arrest in Hanover-Anderten

Police arrested the 44-year-old man about a month later in the morning at his apartment in the Hanover district of Anderten. The defendant was lying in bed when he was arrested, the police officer reported. During their search, investigators also seized the sports watch in addition to the usual “standard evidence” such as computers and smartphones.

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The evaluation of the heart rate monitor – according to the investigator, the defendant had a higher quality model than his ex-girlfriend – could give clues about the exact time of the crime. At noon, the 51-year-old man went for a walk in Göttingen, the investigator explained. A neighbor saw her around 1:40 p.m. when she came home to work from home for the rest of the day. When he left the house later, he saw that there was a bouquet of flowers in the mailbox. Otherwise, he didn’t notice anything unusual, the neighbor said.

Wiesenstrasse crime scene.

Wiesenstrasse crime scene.

Evaluating data from the heart rate monitor, police found that shortly after 3 p.m., the 51-year-old man’s beats per minute rose from 61 to 98, after which the pulse dropped back to 60. In an adult woman, such a value is considered a normal resting heart rate. At the same time, at 3:03 p.m., the accused had increased from 84 to 124, the investigator reported. After that, her heart rate stabilized at values ​​between 92 and 67.

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The pulse rate gives clues about the course of events.

Based on the recorded data, the Public Ministry assumes that the deadly attack occurred at 3:17 p.m. The previously measured heart rate of 60 beats per minute in the 51-year-old woman is an indication that she was completely caught off guard by the attack and therefore unprepared and defenseless. The defendant strangled her ex-girlfriend. He desperately tried to push it away, but to no avail. At 15:32 the heart rate measurement of the 51-year-old man was stopped. According to the recordings of the sports watch, the defendant’s pulse rose to a maximum value of 147. The prosecutor assumes that this was caused by excitement and physical exertion. According to the indictment, he is said to have put the body on the bed after the crime.

In evaluating the digital evidence, investigators also found that the defendant had canceled a professional meeting the day before the crime, allegedly due to an ongoing family emergency. The process continues.

By Heidi Niemann

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