A cow and its owner have gone on trial in Germany.
They are standing trial over the death of a 57-year-old woman who was attacked and sustained fatal injuries while walking her dog.
According to The Australian, the cow, named Verona, is accused of killing the victim while she was on a walk near the town of Greifenstein in 2011. Verona had broken out of her compound several days earlier.
Verona’s owner Maria G, whose full name has been withheld in line with privacy laws, was found guilty of negligent homicide in 2013 after an appraiser found traces of Verona’s DNA on the dead woman’s clothing.
Maria G was placed on probation and handed a fine of 2,000 euros ($A2,865) but a higher court in Frankfurt later ordered a retrial because of procedural mistakes.
A court in Dillenburg will now assess two new evaluations of the DNA traces to determine whether the cow – dubbed “Killer Cow Verona” by German media – did in fact attack the woman.
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