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Police arrest teenage son of shot family

The teenager whose entire family was found shot dead in their home on Friday was detained on Saturday evening, suspected of killing them with his friend.

Police arrest teenage son of shot family
Photo: DPA

The 18-year-old himself went to the police on Friday to report having found his mother, father and two adult sisters dead in their house in Eislingen, Baden-Württemberg.

Although police initially described the killings as mysterious and that they were not ruling out the involvement of an outside party, they soon focussed on the son of the family.

He had told them he had spent Thursday night at the house of a friend and returned home on Friday to find his family murdered.

But police spokesman Rudi Bauer said there were no signs of a break-in at the house where the four were killed – and that nothing had been stolen.

The teenager was also “very taciturn and withdrawn” during questioning, Bauer added.

He is a member of the local shooting club, although does not have a licensed weapon. The small-calibre handgun used to kill the family has not yet been found.

He and his 19-year-old friend were brought before a judge in Ulm on Saturday evening, who decided to detain them in investigative custody while investigations continue.

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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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