• Germany edition
 
Two years jail for man who enslaved teen
Bettina Siegner - a pixellated photo. Photo: DPA

Two years jail for man who enslaved teen

Published: 23 Jan 2013 09:56 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Jan 2013 09:56 GMT+01:00

"Milenko Marinkovic pleaded guilty and he was sentenced to two years in prison" for having enslaved 19-year-old Bettina Siegner from 2005 until her rescue by police last May, local prosecution spokesman Admir Arnautovic said.

He said prosecutors planned to appeal the sentence, the minimum penalty for the crimes Marinkovic was indicted for. Marinkovic's wife, Slavojka pleaded not guilty and is yet to be charged.

The victim's mother, Christine Siegner, left her daughter with the Marinkovic couple in 2005, when she was 12. She had met the couple in Germany, where they had fled during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war. She was thought to have visited her daughter occasionally.

Bettina was rescued by police in the village of Karavlasi after being alerted by a villager who said he saw the teen being forced to eat pig food and pull a cart in which the couple were sitting.

She was found in a forest near the house where she was held, she had traces of old and fresh injuries on her body.

Milenko and Slavojka Marinkovic were arrested on May 17 and Siegner taken to a safe house in Bosnia.

The couple were indicted for illegally detaining the girl as well as for having inflicted her injuries, treating her in an inhuman way, exposing her to starvation and forcing her to do hard agricultural labour.

They also did not allow her to have any contact with other people and go to school, the indictment said.

According to investigators quoted by local press, Bettina wishes to return to Germany where her father Alfred Siegner, a pensioner who has health problems, lives. She had to stay in Bosnia until the judicial proceedings were over though.

AFP/The Local/jcw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

10:39 January 23, 2013 by nonicknameleft
so he stole 6 years of her life and in return he has to pay for only 2 years in prison?

Logic fail.
10:40 January 23, 2013 by jg.
Two years doesn't seem nearly enough.
10:59 January 23, 2013 by simski
Seriously, 2 years for destroying a life?
11:01 January 23, 2013 by michael4096
I don't understand the parents role...
11:32 January 23, 2013 by Steve1949
Yea, expedite him to Germany where he'll probably get 4 years instead of 2 and be released on good behavior after less than a year in jail.
12:20 January 23, 2013 by ichbines
In Germany he will probably get a 500 Euro fine and time served!
12:37 January 23, 2013 by raandy
The mother left her there when she was 12.What kind of mother would do that?I assume the same kind as the people that would make a child eat pig food and pull them in a cart. Six years of her life gone.The court which sentenced the abusers and the abusers both are unfeeling and uncaring people.

Six years for the couple, and wages for the incarceration period for the girl are more than reasonable. These are the kind of people that society could do without.
13:45 January 23, 2013 by freechoice
not every parent can be the Liam Neeson in Taken. who goes around shooting anyone stopping him to find his daughter.
14:48 January 23, 2013 by MattyB
12:20 January 23, 2013 by ichbines

&

11:32 January 23, 2013 by Steve1949

I was thinking the same thing. Aren't we SO Progressive.....
09:19 January 24, 2013 by wenddiver
I own a winter residence in Missisippi and one in Florida. In Mississippi the man would have gotten life and had to hoe potatoes and work in cotton fields in the Mississippi sun. I am sure he would have wished he was dead after a short period. Not very progressive, but most perverts choose to live elsewhere.We are softees in Florida. In Florida he would get between 25 to 50 years and get to serve part of it on a chain gang.
11:59 January 25, 2013 by Firmino
This is ridiculous! 2 years for imprisioning someone for 6???
14:35 January 25, 2013 by setessmer
absolutely absurd and ridiculous. He should be sent away for the same amount of years he enslaved her for and be forced to pay her a decent amount of compensation.
09:04 January 26, 2013 by StaceyP
2 years!! I know they are appealing but what kind of court gave a 2 year sentence, not just for imprisoning and abusing someone but for doing it to a child!! I am utterly horrified! And what about the mother? Did she know these people? Or was she sick or possibly very young herself??

The poor child/ young woman will need some serious counselling for what has been done to her. I hope she finds a happy place with her grandfather....
Today's headlines
Size does matter in this case, rules judge
Photo:Shutterstock

Size does matter in this case, rules judge

A judge has ordered a deliveryman's manhood to be measured after he claimed in court that it was too small for him to be guilty of exhibitionism. READ  

Crimea annexation unnerves Germans: Poll
Ukrainian soldiers near Luhansk, Ukraine. Photo: DPA

Crimea annexation unnerves Germans: Poll

Almost two thirds of Germans fear Russia plans further land grabs in Ukraine, according to an opinion poll released on the eve of Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the conflict-torn country. READ  

Ice bucket challenge gets dumped on Germany
Actress Natascha Ochsenknecht gets doused. Photo: DPA

Ice bucket challenge gets dumped on Germany

German football players, German tennis players, German TV characters and Germany's latest Topmodel winner are on it, but is it actually making a difference? READ  

Defence chief shot down over shooting quip
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen tries on military body armour. Photo: DPA

Defence chief shot down over shooting quip

Amid heated debates over arms for Iraq, the Ukraine crisis, and Germany's foreign military involvement despite its WWII legacy, defence chief Ursula von der Leyen stirred a debate of her own on Friday after a dud World Cup gag. READ  

Expat Dispatches
He'll take my name: yes he's really sure!
He says "I will!" Photo: DPA

He'll take my name: yes he's really sure!

A quick and uncomplicated conversation between a recently engaged couple concluded that the husband-to-be would take on his fiancee's surname. However, no one was more surprised by people's reactions than Australian expat Liv Hambrett. READ  

Newborn white lion cubs are pride of the circus
Photo:DPA

Newborn white lion cubs are pride of the circus

Four white lions born into the Krone Circus during its stop in Magdeburg yesterday find themselves in a Germany reliving a decades-old fight over exotic animals displayed for profit. READ  

Heart centre accused of fiddling transplant list
A donor heart gets delivered to the DHZB. Photo: DPA

Heart centre accused of fiddling transplant list

UPDATE: The German Heart Institute of Berlin (DHZB) is under investigation for attempted manslaughter after evidence showed a doctor manipulated patient data to get them a new heart faster. READ  

Germany sues Swiss bank over missing marks
Julius Bär bank. Photo:DPA

Germany sues Swiss bank over missing marks

Berlin is suing one of Switzerland's largest banks in its bid to recuperate hundreds of million euros that went missing during the reunification of East and West Germany, the bank said Thursday. READ  

Trial of cannibalism fetish cop to begin
The scene of the crime. Photo: DPA

Trial of cannibalism fetish cop to begin

The trial of a German police officer accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists starts on Friday in the eastern city of Dresden. READ  

False teeth of the dead: finders keepers?
Coffins awaiting incineration in a crematorium. Photo: DPA

False teeth of the dead: finders keepers?

An Erfurt court has decided not to force a 56-year old man to pay damages for more than 31 kilos of gold teeth taken from the crematorium in Hamburg where he worked between 2003 and 2011. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Society
A German journalist shares the story of his US arrest in Ferguson
Photo: DPA
National
Berlin's senate puts the brakes on Über
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: DPA
Culture
How I deal with my German Hausmeister
Photo: Ingrid Eulenfan/flickr
Gallery
Nine German treats you'll want to eat right now (and one you won't)
Photo: DPA
Society
Who's getting German citizenship?
Photo: DPA
Culture
How World War I changed Germany forever
Photo: APA/DPA
Gallery
The 12 best words in Austrian German
Photo: DPA
Society
'Look at those German shanty towns!'
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Education
Raising the bar for law & business in Germany
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
Photo: DPA
Features
The Local List Archive - Your guide to all things German
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should.
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,365
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd