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German teen victim of ‘South African Fritzl’

A man is being called the Josef Fritzl of South Africa after he allegedly made his visiting 18-year-old German daughter his sex slave for two months, a South African newspaper reported.

German teen victim of 'South African Fritzl'
Muizenberg, South Africa, where the teen was held captive. Photo: Dewet

The case is reminiscent of Austrian Josef Fritzl, who held his daughter captive in a basement prison for 24 years, while fathering four children with her, including one who died in infancy.

The German girl, who lived in Heidelberg, tracked down her biological father on the internet and made contact with him. She flew to South Africa in February, where her nightmare began.

According to the South African daily Rapport, the girl was held in her father’s home in Muizenberg, just south of Cape Town.

For two months, the man allegedly raped her as often as three times a night. He also threatened her with a knife and would use it to cut off her clothes when she wouldn’t cooperate with him.

The teen escaped when she and her father went for an overnight visit with friends. She wrote a letter to the couple, explaining her plight. The father became violent and threatened the couple when they told him he wouldn’t be allowed to see her again, the newspaper reported.

Now facing charges of incest including rape and assault, the 53-year-old was released on a R1,000 (€90) bail. According to local police, he will appear in court again on August 7.

The girl is now in protective custody with her brother, who flew from Heidelberg in Baden Württemberg to be with her after she was rescued from her father.

Police are withholding names for legal reasons.

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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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