German bank robber claims he is more intelligent than any police officer in a 20-hour court speech
A German bank robber delivered a 20-hour closing statement boasting about his career in crime, superior intelligence and excellent fitness.
Michael Jauernik, 71, was sentenced on Monday to 12 and a half years behind bars, followed by further preventive detention for three robberies, of which he stole a total of € 25,000 (£ 22,370) between 2011 and 2019.
Like his legal right, for five days, the career criminal was delivered to the Hamburg court, which he himself described as the & # 39; longest last word of all time & # 39 ;.
Michael Jauernik, 71, spoke extensively for five days and described his career in crime and his perceived superior intelligence and high level of fitness
Local media reported that during his long epilogue Jauernik who committed his first bank robberies in the 1970s seemed to justify his raids on financial institutions.
Based on the examples of recent high-profile banking scandals in which investment bankers were accused of cheating the German state of millions, he defended his actions and said: & # 39; I have not robbed any supermarkets or old women & # 39 ;.
Wearing a suit and dark sunglasses during the trial, Jauernik, who has been given a nickname Richard Vulture (vulture is German for greed), portrayed what he saw as a very intelligent image of himself.
& # 39; I am more intelligent and smarter than any police employee, that much is certain & # 39 ;, he said.
He said it was just lucky that the police saw him catch.
The elderly robber was described as someone with a narcissistic personality disorder and it was thought unlikely that he would ever recover
Jauernik also boasted that he had kept himself fit for his trial with three sessions of sit-ups a day and five kilometers of running.
On the fifth day of the long epilogue of the 71-year-old judge Birgit Woitas, however, he made the unusual step of cutting him off.
In the light of what she described as his repeated statements and & # 39; excessive digressions & # 39 ;, she expressed regret that she had not done it before.
The judge said the career criminal showed limited compassion for others and a lack of understanding of his actions.
In one robbery in 2017, local media reported, shot a bank employee and blamed him for not having handed over the money before.
& # 39; You are suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder that could be seen by everyone who took the main test, & # 39; she said.
His appearance in a dark suit and glasses has given the bank robber the nickname Richard Gier (vulture is German for greed) in the local media
Jauernik is notorious in Germany as a career criminal who first started robbing banks in the 1970s, The Guardian reported.
Time in jail did not put him on the right track and in the 1980s he gained fame as the & # 39; Thursday robber & # 39; after he had stopped banks just before closing time on Thursday.
The older man told the court that he thought prison was more of an educational system than a place to go.
During another prison sentence in Hamburg in the 1990s, the robber made headlines by protesting the circumstances and inciting a riot involving around 250 other prisoners.
Michael Jauernik is notorious in Germany as a career criminal who first started robbing banks in the 1970s. He is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars
Jauernik recently started working as a night porter, but returned to a bank gun in his hand because he had his & # 39; pathetic & # 39; found.
In pronouncing his sentence, Mrs. Woitas said it was unlikely that a prison sentence would change his ways.
& # 39; We are convinced that you will still find it legitimate to rob banks and threaten people in 12 years' time, & # 39; she said.
Jauernik will now probably spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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