Dortmund team bus bomber gets 14 years
A German man who launched a shrapnel bomb attack on the team bus of football club Borussia Dortmund in April 2017 to make money on the club's shares diving was yesterday sentenced to 14 years in jail.
A court in Dortmund found Sergej Wenergold (29) guilty of 28 counts of attempted murder after he detonated three explosive devices while the team coach was en route to the stadium for a Champions League fixture last year.
After an 11-month trial, the trained electrician, who was born in Russia, was also found guilty of causing an explosion and two counts of causing serious injury after the blasts wounded Spanish defender Marc Bartra and a police officer.
Wenergold had stayed in the same hotel as the team when he remotely triggered the bomb attack.
He had hidden in a hedge three explosive devices, each of which contained up to a kilogramme of a hydrogen peroxide mixture and about 65 cigarette-sized metal bolts.
Wenergold had left letters suggesting an Islamist terrorist motive at the scene, sparking initial alarm about a possible jihadist attack.
Wenergold's defence lawyer Carl Heydenreich had insisted his client hoped to spark panic, not to wound or kill people.