Murder in Göttingens Wiesenstraße: alibi through manipulated fitness data?

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Murder of women in Wiesenstraße: did the accused want to falsify an alibi by manipulating data from a gym?

Göttingen.Fingerprints, DNA traces, chat messages: Such traces are often important clues to solve a crime. In the ongoing murder case of a 51-year-old woman’s violent death in Göttingen, however, a particularly high-tech device could play a central role as evidence: On the day of the crime, both the 44-year-old defendant and the victim wore a gym with which they recorded their sports activities.

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On Monday, a police officer in front of the Göttingen district court described what information the investigators were able to obtain when assessing this fitness data. Among other things, they discovered that the defendant may have manipulated data to falsify an alibi. Therefore, he had gone for a walk around 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 proof that “this trip around Maschsee did not exist.”

Not only the court but also the defendant seemed to listen particularly attentively to the police officer’s interrogation. The prosecution accuses the 44-year-old IT specialist from Hanover of strangling her ex-boyfriend in her apartment on Wiesenstrasse in Göttingen on 25 August last year. According to the indictment, he must have visited the 51-year-old single mother who had left him a few weeks earlier, in her apartment on the day of the crime. There, he must have initially pretended peaceful behavior and then attacked the clinic staff in a completely unexpected way. So that she could not call for help, he suddenly strangled her and hugged her until she was dead.

Arrest in Hanover-Anderten

Police arrested the 44-year-old about a month later in the morning in his apartment in the Hanover district of Anderten. The accused was lying in bed when he was arrested, the police officer said. During their search, investigators also seized the fitness 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 model of higher quality than his ex-girlfriend – could give clues as to the exact time of the act. At noon, the 51-year-old went for a walk in Göttingen, the investigator explained. A neighbor saw her around 1:40 p.m., when he came home to work from home for the rest of the day. When he later left the house, he saw that there was a bouquet of flowers in the mailbox. Otherwise, he did not notice anything unusual, the neighbor said.

The crime scene Wiesenstrasse.

When assessing the heart rate monitor’s data, the police found that shortly after 3 pm, the number of heartbeats per minute in the 51-year-old increased from 61 to 98, after which the heart rate dropped back to 60. In an adult woman, such a value is considered a normal resting heart rate. . At the same time, at 15.03, the accused had risen from 84 to 124, the investigator reported. Then the number of his heartbeats evened out to values ​​between 92 and 67.

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Pulse gives clues about the course of events

Based on the recorded data, the public prosecutor assumes that the fatal attack took place at 15.17. The previously measured speed of 60 heartbeats per minute in the 51-year-old is an indication that she was completely surprised by the attack and therefore was unsuspecting and defenseless. The defendant strangled his ex-girlfriend. She tried desperately to fend him off, but without success. At 15.32, the heart rate measurement of the 51-year-old stopped. According to the fitness guard’s recordings, the defendant’s heart rate then rose to a peak value of 147. The public prosecutor assumes that it is due to tension and physical exertion. According to the indictment, he must have laid the body on the bed after the crime.

In assessing the digital evidence, investigators also found that the accused had canceled a professional meeting the day before the crime, allegedly due to a current family emergency. The process continues.

By Heidi Niemann

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