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Tim Kretschmer’s father faces criminal charges

The father of the boy who killed 15 people in Winnenden last spring faces charges of negligent manslaughter for not securing the gun his son used in the rampage, the Baden-Württemberg state justice ministry in Stuttgart confirmed on Thursday.

Tim Kretschmer's father faces criminal charges
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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.

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

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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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