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Tim Kretschmer's father faces criminal charges

DPA/The Local · 12 Nov 2009, 14:43

Published: 12 Nov 2009 14:43 GMT+01:00

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Tim Kretschmer took a high-calibre weapon on March 11 from his father’s bedroom and shot people at his former school and outside a mental health clinic where he had been treated.

Now his father faces 15 counts of negligent manslaughter and 13 counts of negligent bodily harm, Chief Public Prosecutor Klaus Pflieger said.

The public prosecutor’s office had initially planned on an order of summary punishment for Kretschmer’s father, which would usually carries a light sentence of one-year probation.

Pflieger declined to offer more details on the case.

The motive behind 17-year-old Kretschmer’s actions - which included killing nine pupils, three teachers and another person outside the clinic, then hijacking a car and shooting two other people at a car dealership – remains unknown.

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Kretschmer turned the gun on himself during a shoot-out with police around 30 kilometres from the school.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

22:20 November 12, 2009 by wxman
The only person responsible for their actions is the individual. Get over it you simpering socialists.
23:14 November 12, 2009 by Portnoy
Minors are responsible for their actions wx? Really? That's awesome, I'm just going to let my five-year-old do whatever he wants.
03:41 November 13, 2009 by derExDeutsche
you're all wrong.

every citizen needs to lose rights over this. and your govt. should be the ony one to defend themselves. God knows, they are safe. most of all Germany.
18:44 November 13, 2009 by KCAJRETSOF
This is not about the father being blamed for what his son did. For being allowed to keep weapons you are resposible for keeping them locked up, out of reach of others. He apparently failed to do this, thereby makng this crime possible. That makes him resposible!
01:24 November 14, 2009 by Vargaz
Organizzed religion, television, and guns - the bane of mankind.
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