Man ‘sexually assaults’ two women then throws them off 300ft-high bridge into a gorge at famous German castle tourist spot, killing one of them
- It is understood that the two women were on the Marienbrücke bridge
- The narrow footbridge crosses a gorge at a height of around 300 feet
A man has thrown two women off a 300ft-high bridge after sexually assaulting them, killing one of them, reports have said.
The attack happened at Neuschwanstein castle, a famous tourist hotspot in the south of the country. Police said the man fled but was arrested.
It is understood that the two women were on the Marienbrücke bridge, a narrow footbridge that crosses a gorge at a height of around 300 feet, when attacked.
According to German tabloid Bild, the 31-year-old man first sexually assaulted the two women at the popular tourist attraction on Wednesday afternoon.
It reports that there was then a scuffle, before the man threw them both over the railings and into the ravine below.
A 21-year-old woman died in a hospital overnight, while her 22-year-old companion was still in hospital with injuries, ZDF reported.
A large-scale police operation was launched at the scenic tourist attraction.
Footage from the castle purportedly showed a man being led away in handcuffs, and one of the victims being lifted out of the ravine by a helicopter.
The attack is said to have happened at the entrance to the bridge, which is hugely popular as it offers a view of the Neuschwanstein castle – which is said to have been the inspiration for Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ castle.
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Prosecutors say a man has attacked two women near the Neuschwanstein castle in southern Germany, and one woman has died