Dead infant found in Berlin clothing donation container

A German Red Cross worker found a dead baby in a Berlin clothing donation container on Monday morning, daily Berliner Zeitung reported.

Dead infant found in Berlin clothing donation container
Photo: DPA

Police told the paper that a Red Cross (DRK) employer found the baby while collecting donations from a Wilmersdorf district container at 7 am. Officers closed the scene for investigation.

“I discovered the corpse between the other items,” the 37-year-old told the paper. “It was clean, not covered in blood, which is why in that moment I thought it was a doll at first.”

The DRK worker, identified as René G., collects clothing donations from the large metal containers throughout Berlin each day.

“I felt faint and sick,” G. said. “The shock is still deep.”

Police are questioning potential witnesses in the area – which is in plain view of a restaurant and parking lot – while they await an autopsy.

Over the weekend, two other dead infants were discovered in a Stuttgart trash container and a wooded area near Engen-Anselfingen in the state of Baden-Württemberg, the paper reported.

In the last few years Germany has been plagued with a spate of gruesome infanticide cases that have shocked the country. One woman who killed nine of her babies was sentenced to 15 years in prison in April 2008.

In May 2008, a 44-year-old woman was arrested when her family found three dead babies in her freezer near Bonn.

Meanwhile in January of 2009, a German soldier was jailed for leaving her newborn daughter to die after giving birth at army barracks toilet while allegedly unaware she was pregnant.


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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