Builder gets 11 years for murder of British expat in Germany

A 63-year-old unemployed builder identified as “Rolf Z” has been handed an 11-year prison sentence for the murder of a young British expat in Berlin last year.

Luke Holland, a 31-year-old internet entrepreneur, was shot dead outside a nightclub in Neu-köln last September.

The presiding judge Bernd Miczajka said the court was convinced ‘Rolf Z’ shot Mr. Holland at close range on the Ringbahnstraße.

In court ‘Rolf Z’ was painted as a tragic character – who kept a portrait and bust of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in his apartment.

He also collected militaria – including weapons, swords, cutlasses and rifles, but his particular interest was the Third Reich.

The court heard how he was witnessed as being aggressive and often in a drunken state at pubs in the Neu-köln area.

In contrast, the judge said Mr. Holland was “an affable, friendly man, successful in the start-up scene and without aggression.”

Mr Holland, from Manchester, moved to Berlin in 2014 to develop a new technology business.

His murder shocked the local and expat community in Berlin.

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