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German couple jailed for snatching Czech baby
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German couple jailed for snatching Czech baby

Published: 26 Mar 2013 07:29 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Mar 2013 07:29 GMT+01:00

A German couple who snatched a Czech baby from her pram in front of her mother's eyes and stole her across a border, have been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

The kidnapping of the only weeks-old baby Michalá in the town of Ústi nad Labem last summer left her mother distraught and feelings in the Czech Republic high.

Police arrested the 48-year-old German woman and her 51-year-old partner just a few days later. The baby was found safe and well at the house of the woman's mother in Neuwied, Rhineland Palatinate.

The court in Koblenz was unable to untangle the reason why the couple had snatched the baby. Judge Thomas Metzger heard the man say his partner had hidden a stillbirth from him, and told him Michalá was their baby.

She persuaded him they were stealing back their own child, he told the court. But Metzger did not believe this, and called them a "hugely fraudulent couple."

The pair, who had also stolen several cars and sold them on, were caught last July after being spotted on security cameras driving away from Ústi nad Labem in a car with the wrong number plates on.

The 21-year-old mother of the child had told the court how distressing the entire incident had been, talking in tears of the psychological problems she had suffered since. Her family said they felt the sentences - and the order to pay her €5,000 in compensation - were too lenient.

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11:29 March 26, 2013 by raandy
Four and a half years for kidnapping, lying, to the court, previous busts for stealing several cars and selling them, no doubt that would be the babies fate.

What a joke, and a slap in the face for the mother. How about a life sentence and a room undergrund where they would have to pump shine down..
13:55 March 26, 2013 by hanskarl
Some states in the US have what they call repeat offender" laws where if the person or persons have lived a life repeatedly breaking the law with several convictions the court is required to sentence them more harshly like three to four times the normal sentencing guidelines. I wonder why German states do not do this.
20:03 March 26, 2013 by jack_kerouac
What an atrocity - the punishment was definitely too lienient. Can you imagine if someone took your child? How insane!

I agree with our friend raandy here - life imprisonment!
06:08 March 27, 2013 by Tilak RaJ
I t is very shocking . To hear from German people.

It is shame on country also.
08:07 March 29, 2013 by Dyderich
Life Imprisonment - yes! Oh wait, that is 3 square meals a day, Internet/TV, Gym - Hey what the heck...they are doing better than some of the people on the street eeking out a living to boot.

Now, perhaps if the prison was a Gulag....or someplace where all you got was a nice lovely 5m2 cell for the rest of your life and had nothing to do except rot for the next however long you can survive, perhaps then. Otherwise, this is nothing.

And sadly the repeat offender laws in US are funny as hell....DUI 4+ convicted and these people can still drive and kill whoever they want on their highways because they never get rid of them. Slap Slap...bad boy/girl...do not drink and drive again...for the umpteenth time...

As for the Shame on Germany...OMFG? Really? Its two deranged people from that country - not the German People as a whole. So get off your white horse and think about that posting...otherwise you better hold every country accountable for their nutbags no matter how insignificant they are.
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