‘Child killer’ nabbed in Germany after 27 years

German police have arrested the suspected murderer of a 10-year-old Bavarian girl nearly three decades after he committed the crime.

According to the German news agency DPA, a 58-year-old man was taken into custody in the northern German state Schleswig-Holstein on Thursday. He is thought to have killed Ursula Hermann 27 years ago by putting her in a box where she suffocated to death.

A spokesman for the Bavarian state police would “neither confirm nor deny” any information regarding the arrest, but the authorities have scheduled a press conference for later on Friday.

The murder was one of the highest-profile cases to go unsolved in Germany. The 10-year-old Hermann was abducted on her way home from school on September 15, 1981. Unknown kidnappers demanded two million Deutsche marks in ransom from her parents, but soon failed to make contact.

On October 4, the girl was found dead buried alive in a wooden box in the forest. She supposedly suffered a painful death by asphyxiation due to a faulty ventilation system constructed by her abductor.

The Friday edition of the daily newspaper Augsburger Allgemeinen reported that the suspected killer once lived not far from his victim in a nearby town in Bavaria.


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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