Three Syrian Muslim boys were arrested earlier this month over the attack at a leisure centre in Munich as the country grapples with growing concerns about sexual assaults and groping perpetrated upon young girls and women by Muslim asylum seekers.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Maria J) In response to growing concerns, a leisure centre in Bornheim, North Rhine-Westphalia, has now barred all migrants. The ban also follows an attack by an 18-year-old refugee on a 54-year-old woman in Bornheim, where he had grabbed her by the private parts and tried to kiss her.
The victim was only rescued from a further attack by a couple who heard her screams and ran to help. The teenager was arrested a short while later.
Bornheim social affairs councillor and deputy mayor Markus Schnapka said the move followed an emergency meeting of locals where the swimming pool ban was announced. He said: ‘At the public meeting, I made it quite clear that it was an extremely difficult decision and it’s clear that many innocent refugees are also affected by this.’
He added that so far none of the local incidents had resulted in criminal complaints, but it was clear that action needed to be taken to prevent the situation escalating.
It comes after more than three hundred women reported being sexually assaulted by groups of mostly Arab or North African men in Cologne during New Year celebrations.
In the Munich attack, the three boys are alleged to have surrounded the 17-year-old girl in the pool before one of them groped her underneath her swimming costume in an offence deemed rape under local law.
When the girl’s sister, 14, tried to make them stop, she too was groped by the trio of teenagers, who were all aged under 15. The girls managed to flee and raise the alarm with the lifeguard at the swimming pool, who called police. Because the asylum seekers were only 15, they were not remanded in custody and will be prosecuted under juvenile law.
Bornheim currently has 300 Muslim refugees living in accommodation who have been told that the ban will be lifted when the message has been received that women need to be respected.
Hundreds of criminal complaints have been filed by police, with about 45 per cent involving allegations of sexual offences, and most of the suspects identified so far are foreign nationals.