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Algerian faces trial over New Years Eve attacks in Cologne

Algerian faces trial over New Years Eve attacks in Cologne

An Algerian man is due to go on trial for allegedly being part of a group that groped a woman in Cologne on New Year's Eve.

He is the first person to appear in court for a sexual offence after the events that heightened tensions over Germany's migrant influx.

More than 1,000 criminal complaints were filed over the crimes in Cologne, blamed largely on foreigners, with several hundred alleging sexual offences. Several suspects have already been convicted of theft.

The 26-year-old, whose name has not been released, goes on trial at Cologne's regional court on Friday. He is charged with attempted sexual assault and theft.

He is accused of being in a group of around 10 men who surrounded and groped a woman in the city's central railway station, and of stealing her mobile phone.