Parents of Briton shot dead in Berlin call on police to charge ‘Neo-Nazi with his murder

Killed: Entrepreneur Luke Holland, 31, an Oxford University graduate from Manchester, was shot dead just six months after he had moved to Berlin
  • Luke Holland, 31, was shot outside a nightclub in Berlin in September
  • Arrested man, Rolf Z, a 'neo-Nazi' was heard ranting about foreigners
  • Mr Holland's parents, from Manchester, call for Rolf Z. to be charged

The parents of a British man who was gunned down in a Berlin street have made a heart wrenching plea for justice, urging German police to charge their son's alleged killer with murder. 

Luke Holland, 31, an Oxford University graduate from Manchester, was blasted in the stomach with a shotgun while on his way home from a nightclub in Berlin in September last year.

Police arrested Rolf Z., 62, a neo-Nazi who was heard ranting about 'hating foreigners' shortly before the killing, but despite remaining in custody, Rolf Z. has yet to be charged.

Rolf Z. who dressed like a cowboy with hat, boots and long coat, was reportedly making his anti-foreigner hate speech in the same bar where Mr Holland had been drinking wiht his friends on the night he was killed . 

Mr Holland, who had been living in Berlin for just over six months, was shot dead and left in a pool of blood in the street later that night.

He was killed shortly after after leaving the Del Rex nightclub to head home around 6am on September 20, last year.

According to reports, he had just finished a phone call to a British friend, and within minutes he was gunned down by a man witnesses said was 'dressed as a cowboy'.

A female clubber walked out to find a man with shaggy long white hair and cowboy boots standing over his body asking 'where's the other one?'

Emotional: Philip and Rita Holland, both 62, pictured during a press conference in Berlin, on Monday, are demanding that German police charge the man arressted in connection with their son's death

Emotional: Philip and Rita Holland, both 62, pictured during a press conference in Berlin, on Monday, are demanding that German police charge the man arressted in connection with their son's death

Proud parents: Luke Holland pictured on his graduation from Oxford with parents Phil and Rita

Proud parents: Luke Holland pictured on his graduation from Oxford with parents Phil and Rita

She screamed and the killer walked calmly and slowly away to a nearby set of flats.

Mr Holland died on his way to hospital and hours later British police broke the tragic news to parents Phil and Rita, both 62, that they had lost their only child.

Police arrested Rolf Z., 62, a neo-Nazi who was heard ranting about 'hating foreigners' before the killing

Police arrested Rolf Z., 62, a neo-Nazi who was heard ranting about 'hating foreigners' before the killing

Police arrested Rolf Z. some 12 hours after the killing and he has remained in custody ever since where he is allegedly refusing to cooperate.

Under German law suspects can be held for up to six months without charge.

But Mr and Mrs. Holland, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, say he must be charged with murder - and have gone to Berlin to appeal for information to help convict him.

Mr Holland, a retired communications engineer, said: 'What happened was absolutely devastating. He was our favourite boy - our only child.

'Luke's life was cut short, murdered in such a cruel and callous way, by a man Luke had never met.

'Our loss, as his mum and dad, is overwhelmingly painful. Words cannot describe the depth of our hurting.

'How can we ever express the depth the love we had for Luke, and he for us?

'He was our life but we have been handed a life sentence of grief for our son.

'Luke was only at the beginning of his remarkable life, he had so so much more to give the world.

'Luke did not deserve to die like this, shot dead at point blank range, and all because, we firmly believe, he was a 'foreigner'.

'We just want to know what happened to Luke on that night.'

Mr and Mrs. Holland, a former council officer, made an emotional appeal for information about their son's killing at a press conference in Berlin today. 

Asking for help: Mr and Mrs. Holland made an emotional appeal for information about their son's killing at a press conference in Berlin today

Asking for help: Mr and Mrs. Holland made an emotional appeal for information about their son's killing at a press conference in Berlin today

A German police source said Mr Holland lived in the same block as the suspect in the Berlin's Neukolln district (file photo)

A German police source said Mr Holland lived in the same block as the suspect in the Berlin's Neukolln district (file photo)

Mr Holland, 31, spoke spoke fluent Japanese and had worked for prestigious legal firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London.

He then became a Master of Business Administration at Oxford University and from there took an internship in Munich.

He moved to Berlin in March last year to set up a technology start-up business with two friends developing a new music-based bracelet gadget.

Mr Holland had  moved to Berlin in March last year to develop a new music-based bracelet gadget

Mr Holland had  moved to Berlin in March last year to develop a new music-based bracelet gadget

Lawyer Onur Ozata, who is acting for his parents, said: 'We are asking questions in our heads. We don't know why Luke got killed.

'We know that Rolf has an affection for Adolf Hitler.

'He has pictures of him in his room in his house that were found. We don't know how many, or how big, but that is very strange.

'We know also that a person who was in the bar said that he doesn't like foreigners.

'In that bar where Luke was and he was he said 'Why I hear so many foreign voices?' and he was being mad about it on that night.

'We also know he used to label Turkish people with the term 'kanacken' - it's a very offensive word, which is akin to the 'n-word'.

'We think he is a xenophobic person and that's our working hypothesis - that he might have killed Luke because he was a foreigner.'

German data protection laws mean that the suspect can only be identified in that country as Rolf Z.

Mr Ozata said Rolf Z. is refusing to speak and without a motive they fear he will be charged with manslaughter instead of murder - and get a lighter sentence.

Luke's parents understand that if he is found guilty of manslaughter, he can't be jailed for more than 15 years - the minimum term for murder in Germany.

Mr Ozata said 'It is of high importance to find out how it happened.

'If it is a murder which has occurred, we want him to be charged for being a murderer.' 

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