Ex axes door and stabs two

A stalker in the German town of Dinklage broke down his ex-girlfriend's balcony door with an axe before stabbing her to death on Tuesday. He then wounded his own sister and fled.

After using an axe to break down the door, the man stabbed both his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend and his sister, who happened to be visiting at the time, police said on Wednesday.

The suspect is father to two children who were also in the apartment along with a male visitor. He threatened to kill everyone in the apartment because he wasn’t allowed to see the children. When the male visitor brought the children to safety, the suspect stabbed the two women.

The 37-year-old man’s ex-girlfriend died shortly thereafter in the hospital. According to police, his sister’s wounds are not life threatening, though she remains hospitalized.

The fleeing suspect resisted arrest and was subdued with a bite from a police dog, officials said. He has refused to discuss the incident with police in the German state of Lower Saxony.

The man’s violent behavior had already aroused concern in February, and he was under a police restraining order not to go near the woman’s apartment. Family members are receiving psychological care, police said.


Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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