Bochumer dies after security conflict: violence as cause of death

After a conflict with a security employee, a guest of “Polarize” dies at the Ruhrcongress. The autopsy now reveals the cause of death.

After the death of a man from Bochum (41), who died on Sunday morning before entering the “Polarize” in the Ruhr Congress with a security personnel (42) clashed, the prosecution and police announced the cause of death. “During the orderly autopsy of the body, it was determined that the man’s death was the result of violence,” the statement said. The party guest was the early hours of the morning techno party expelled from the Bochum exhibition hall. When he asked again for admission at around 2:30 a.m., he argued with the security guard.

Conflict with security staff: Bochum guest at the “Polarize” evening at the Ruhrcongress dies

“Investigations are in full swing,” police spokeswoman Gianna Isabella Struck said Monday morning. According to the announcement on Monday, April 11, the security employee (42), initially taken into custody, was “presented to the Bochum district court at the request of the Bochum public prosecutor’s office”. “Pretrial detention was ordered for bodily harm resulting in death,” police and prosecutors said.

According to the police, verbal arguments in front of the convention hall also resulted in punches, “which resulted in the person being trapped by an employee”, according to the police. The Bochum fire brigade emergency services – on duty twice that evening in the exhibition hall – then had to resuscitate the 41-year-old from Bochum and then take him to a clinic. “There, the man was pronounced dead after several hours of resuscitation,” police said.

After the death: Bochum police set up murder commission

Meanwhile, the police set up a homicide squad. “The responsible public prosecutor, Bachmann, has ordered an autopsy. The autopsy of the corpse is intended to provide information on the possibility of death from internal causes”, specify the prosecution and the police. As Bachmann explains, such a commission is regularly set up in the event of possible third-party debt.

Security was not provided by employees of the organiser, but by an external security service provider who has a fixed-term contract with the Ruhrcongress. Ruhrcongress managing director Andreas Kuchajda refers to the security concept drawn up in advance. Asked about the use of party drugs, he points out that special situations must always be taken into account at techno events. Apart from this incident in front of the congress hall, the event “turned”.

WAZ on site – police and organizers do not mention the incident before the Ruhrcongress

The sun has long since risen – but the Ruhr Congress is still buzzing on Sunday morning – despite what happened overnight. The techno party “Polarize” attracts around 2000 guests to the showroom in Bochum. From 6:45 a.m. on site, our editorial team focused on what kept the revelers awake from Saturday 10 p.m. to Sunday 10 a.m. It was not until 9 a.m. that the Bochum police announced the reason for the gang in front of the hall.

After the incident in front of the Ruhrcongress – the party continues

After the revelation of the death in the morning, organizer Max Sollmann was no longer available to our editorial team. During the on-site interview at 7 a.m., he did not comment on the incident. Only one guest asked the WAZ on site “Is it true that someone died there?” – as the Ruhrcongress techno party continued into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Party from 10 p.m. to 10 a.m.: Techno “Polarize” attracts 2,000 people from Bochum

With prickly pupils and tight, unusual outfits, party guests stagger and dance out of the foyer around 6:30 a.m. in the chilly Sunday morning. Taxi drivers waiting in a long line are happy with the lucrative business: party guests come from all over NRW and offer them long rides. The smell of weed pervades the Ruhrcongress. Some guests are feverishly looking for their jackets in the cloakroom, while others – another good 200 – are partying energetically in the large congress hall – in sequined bras, fetish masks or sunglasses.

Jan Dahlhaus – aka DJ Ian Crank – took care of the selection of the artists. “We have a totally international line-up – the DJs come from Italy, Switzerland, Ireland and Spain.” For “Polarize”, he was able to land the “rising star” of the scene, DJane Lilly Palmer. “If we wait another two years, it will be priceless,” says Dahlhaus, who himself hung up between midnight and 2 a.m. “It’s so cool when you’re standing up there – and you can see they like it, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many of them here,” says the DJ, beside whom a party guest stops and thumbs up: “It’s great for me to love.”

Organizer Max Sollmann makes a positive assessment in the morning – before the police report. Around 2000 guests aged 18 to 60 celebrated, he expected “2000 more”. However, he noticed a few “birth defects” – due to the new venue for this event format. “We have too few staff in the cloakroom and at the counter,” says Sollmann, who is interrupted several times during the conversation by employees who whisper: “We have a problem – we can’t find jackets with these numbers anymore.” .

Techno parties would generally be quite peaceful. “For fans, techno is a religion,” says Sollmann. “It’s freedom, things are allowed here that aren’t otherwise – whether it’s outfits or the way you dance.” Asked about drug use and door checks, the organizer points out: “All bags are checked and random checks are also carried out on people.”

Some guests of the “Polarise” describe a different impression. “They let everyone in. They didn’t even look to see if a guest was on drugs,” Kathi (34) said after the party. “I could have brought everything in there – no one checked our bags.”

Party guests praise the music and light show – but criticize the long lines

The clientele in the long queue was very aggressive for a techno event. “It was pure shooting – my girlfriend and I were sober and felt like the only ‘normal’ among 90% of people who were stoned.” In total, they stood in different queues for two hours. “It was badly organised. Only one door was open for admission”, summarizes a young woman who left the Ruhr Congress at 8 a.m., “the queue went to the roundabout .”

When asked how they like “Polarise”, a young man replies like lightning: “Too many drugs! One of his pals adds: “The music and the light show are great, but the wardrobe sucks, the reservation system too – and way too much. many.” few toilets for 2000 people.” A third adds: “What matters is good. The rest so average.” Techno fan Kathi explains after the evening: “If we had known there was a person out there fighting for his life and then lost it, we would have left the party immediately.

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