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Rüsselsheim shooting suspects hand themselves in to police

A number of suspects in the Rüsselsheim ice cream parlour shooting in which three people were killed and another seriously wounded, have handed themselves in to the police.

Rüsselsheim shooting suspects hand themselves in to police
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Udo Bühler, spokesman for the Hessian state police, told the website of daily Die Welt on Thursday that several suspects showed up at the main police station.

The wounded man, a 31-year-old from Wiesbaden, who has been kept under police guard since the shooting on Tuesday evening, will be questioned by a bail judge on Thursday afternoon.

Two men aged 28 and 49 were arrested on Tuesday night, but the level of their alleged involvement is not yet clear.

A special investigation team has been established to delve into the background of the case, which is said to have started last weekend in front of a club in Mainz. It is thought to have been caused by a case of injured pride.

Investigators have told journalists that all those thought to have been involved are of Turkish background.

It seems four or five men attacked a group of three or four men sitting at a table in the ice cream parlour in Rüsselsheim and that at least one gun and several knives were used during the ensuing fight.

One of the dead men, as well as the injured man are said to be 26- and 31-year-old brothers, and to have been part of the attacking group. The other dead man is a 29-year-old from Raunheim.

The third victim was a 55-year-old Greek woman who was sitting drinking a coffee in the next-door restaurant and had nothing to do with the fight. She was hit by a bullet in the stomach and died at the scene.

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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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