Because she tried to stab a classmate in the classroom, a girl in Krefeld in North Rhine-Westphalia has been sentenced to two years of youth imprisonment on probation. The district court found the 14-year-old guilty of attempted manslaughter and dangerous bodily harm. This was announced by a court spokeswoman. The juvenile criminal proceedings took place behind closed doors.

The court kept a low profile on the probation conditions imposed and the background to the crime. The teenager stabbed her classmate twice in the neck with a kitchen knife on September 6 last year in the classroom.

According to the indictment, only the intervention of a teacher prevented the girl from continuing to stab her victim. The classmate was injured in the neck, but the stitches were not life-threatening. According to the court, the wound could be sewn up with four stitches.

After the verdict was pronounced, there was no longer any talk of placement in a psychiatric ward, which had not initially been ruled out. The accused was 14 years old at the time of the crime and therefore of criminal responsibility.