Two of six young men accused of setting fire to a sleeping homeless man hide their faces as they arrive for their trial at court in Berlin, 13 June 2017

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All the males linked to the assault got here to Berlin as asylum seekers

A younger migrant who set hearth to a homeless man at a Berlin underground station on Christmas Day final yr has been jailed for almost three years.

The 21-year-old was amongst a bunch of seven Syrian and Libyan migrants who attacked the person as he slept.

Three 17 and 18 yr olds have been discovered responsible of tried grievous bodily hurt and acquired suspended sentences.

Not one of the suspects charged tried to help the sufferer, who was unhurt. The incident was captured on CCTV.

All the males linked to the assault got here to Berlin as asylum seekers in 2014 and 2016, some as unaccompanied minors, in line with the prosecutor’s workplace.

The sufferer, a 37-year-old Polish man, was sleeping on a bench below sheets of paper within the Schoenleinstrasse underground station within the southern Berlin district of Neukoelln when he was focused at about 02:00 (01:00 GMT).

He had a canopy over his head and was utilizing a rucksack as a pillow, which caught hearth and began to burn.

A practice driver used a hearth extinguisher to regulate the flames as passers-by helped to place them out.

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The person had been sleeping on a bench within the underground station when he was attacked

The 21-year-old ringleader, whose identify has not been launched below German privateness guidelines, argued in courtroom that he had solely meant to “startle” the sufferer, local media report.

Prosecutors had requested the extra severe cost of tried homicide after footage emerged of the suspects, six of whom are from Syria and one is from Libya, laughing as they left the scene and entered a practice.

Two different youngsters should serve group service for failing to assist the person, who managed to flee severe harm.