Woman killed in sadomasochistic game near Potsdam

A dead woman found in a motel room near Potsdam on Monday is thought to have died in a bizarre sadomasochistic sex game, German daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

Police traced the mobile phone of her 37-year-old scientist lover Michael F. and found him in the woods outside of town as he was contemplating suicide, the public prosecutor’s office confirmed on Wednesday. He told police she had died accidentally.

Anja P., 20, had met with him at the motel in Beelitz-Heilstätten to model for fetish photos over the weekend, Bild reported.

According to Bild, the young woman was found bound and gagged, but German news agency DPA reports that a Potsdam public prosecutor’s office spokeswoman denied this on Wednesday afternoon.

The scientist from Mainz who is a project leader at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum booked a room at the motel on Thursday. The lodgings were created from what was once a lung sanitarium and would be “the perfect backdrop for morbid and bizarre film shoots,” Bild reported.

The two were apparently participating in a photo shoot that involved more than 30 models and hobby photographers.

The scene of her death in the two-room suite revealed spots of blood on the bedding, and wax droplets on the hardwood floors from a black candle that had burned down.

The pair were last seen in a nearby restaurant on Saturday afternoon. Some guests told the paper they remember the woman from Teltow-Fläming was wearing fishnet stockings as she dined on crepes with chanterelle mushrooms.

The Potsdam public prosecutor’s office said Michael F. is now suspected of manslaughter.

An autopsy has not revealed the cause of death and court doctors are waiting on toxicology reports to see if she was under the influence of drugs at the time of her death, the paper reported.


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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