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Inmate kills girlfriend in visiting room

DDP/The Local · 12 Apr 2010, 17:34

Published: 12 Apr 2010 12:02 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Apr 2010 17:34 GMT+02:00

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Prison guards discovered the 46-year-old woman had been killed when they checked on them on Sunday afternoon. The 50-year-old prisoner allegedly attacked her and then tried to kill himself. He is now in stable condition at a prison hospital, authorities said.

Justice Minister Roswitha Müller-Piepenkötter offered her “deepest sympathy” to the relatives of the victim, and called for consequences.

“We owe this to the victims and their families,” she said. “And we must seek consequences, so that such an event does not happen again.”

Müller-Piepenkötter, who visited the prison on Sunday, called the situation a “human tragedy.”

Particularly tragic, she said, was that “a woman who wanted to give care and support to a prisoner was killed by his hand.”

At a press conference on Monday afternnon, the police, the public prosecutor’s office and prison officials provided further details of the incident.

The authorities believe the man planned the murder in advance, since they found a broken kitchen knife, a fisher knife and a wrench on the floor of the long-term visitation room.

The victim suffered four stab wounds to the upper parts of her body, a head injury and she also had strangulation marks on her neck, they said.

The killer apparently tried to commit suicide right afterwords by slashing his wrists. He has been incarcerated since 1991 for sexually molesting and murdering a nine-year-old girl at a garden party in Düsseldorf. He was moved to Remscheid prison in 1995. The woman started the date the inmate in 2005.

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Coroners believe she didn't die immediately after the attack, but instead perished on the floor in agony lasting several hours. Her body was found 3:35 pm yesterday and the visit started at around 10:30 am.

The killer worked in the prison library but was considered "not fit for release" at his first parole hearing in 2006, meaning his next chance to be release wasn't scheduled until 2011.

With reporting by Michael Remmert in Wuppertal.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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14:43 April 12, 2010 by hkypuck
The following in no-way justifies the inmate's actions:

...but how bad is your mentatily that you're dating a guy in prison. I know women who stay with men who are apathetic about the relationship or have even cheated on them. But when you tell people that your boyfriend is in prison....?

Seems to me that when your significant other is in jail (and I'm guessing this wasn't for tax evasion or parking tickets) that's grounds for the old "It's not me, it's you" conversation. Or hell, even the "It's over" text.

But that's just me - I'm REALLY picky.
16:30 April 12, 2010 by Johnne

You must be REALLY PICKY indeed. you can never say never...you could go to jail for a something you don´t even know anything about or even for the sake of justice. Mandela,Ghandi and several other freedom fighters went to jail for the sake of freedom so it´s not necessary to be a criminal to go to jail. I don´t pray you go to jail tho:-)
18:48 April 12, 2010 by Garth Rex
This is INSANE!!! What has happened to Germany? This does not sound like Germany at all!

In Germany:

1) A man who sexually molests and murders a nine year old girl would be put to death and would not be given a second oppportunity to kill again.

2) In Germany, a prisoner held for murder would not have access to knives.

3) In Germany, the visitation room in a jail would be closely watched and monitored by guards so that the murder victim could not have "suffered in agony on the floor for hours".

4) In Germany, An inmate being held for murder, or any inmate for that matter, would not have physical contact with a visitor, so as to be able to murder her.

The Gemans are far too intelligent, organized and efficient for the above incident to have occured in one of their jails. It MUST have happened in some other country!! ! ! !
19:41 April 12, 2010 by hkypuck
Well if I go to jail for political purpose, and it looks like I'm gonna be in there a while, I totally give my GF the option to dump me. Seems pretty pointless to 'date' someone when the date consists of a cavity search and a prison guard.

All that aside, this guy ain't no Ghandi. Allow me to rephrase my first question:

How bad is your mentatily that you're meeting men who are in prison...for killing a kid??!! I mean, I get it, some women are into the "bad boys" - but this..?

How do you tell your friends

"Hey Sara I met this great guy!

Doctor? No. Layer? Nope (but he has one). Footballer? Yes, during his 1 hour of 'outside time' per day. He's such a sweetie: he's currently serving a life sentence for killing a little girl, so apparently he knows how to treat women..."

Distgusting people.
20:32 April 12, 2010 by The-ex-pat
Justice Minister Roswitha Müller-Piepenkötter offered her ¦quot;deepest sympathy¦quot; to the relatives of the victim, and called for consequences.

¦quot;We owe this to the victims and their families,¦quot; she said. ¦quot;And we must seek consequences, so that such an event does not happen again.¦quot;

A tragic event, but a typical sound bite from a politician. Translated that means a couple of low level managers and or prison guards to fall on their own swords. Then she can get on with far more important things, i.e the NRW elections and push it to the desk of some underling, who will also fall fowl of the job is not up to speck.
20:58 April 12, 2010 by Frenemy
no sh!t.... "conjugal visits" is a real thing?! damn...thats pretty sweet.

(ah, now I have to download Office Space....grrr)
21:18 April 12, 2010 by wxman
When you voluntarily choose to enter a lions cage, don't compain when it mauls you. She knew what he was before they began their relationship. I wouldn't be so callous as to say she got what she deserved, but she certainly got what she should have expected.
22:46 April 12, 2010 by cocovelvet
I mean, I just don't get it how this deceased lady could have fallen for a rapist and a killer guy. Worse enough it seems they fell for each other whilst the guy was already serving his deed for raping and killing a 9 year old girl. I even wonder more how the two got to know each other..... through the net or they knew each other probably as schoolmates or something on that line way back before the dude fell behind gitters !!??

Geezzzz !!! ...... I wonder.......
23:19 April 12, 2010 by kent
A MUDERING PEDO set loose to kill again? germany as a nation you make me sick i want to puke on you..bbbbbbbblllllAAAArrrrgggHHHH!
01:03 April 13, 2010 by Prufrock2010
@ Garth Rex:

When did Germany reinstate the death penalty?
02:07 April 13, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, this is simply another example as to how liberal Germany has become. When an individual, or a nation lacks strong conservative values, then things like this happens.

That prisoner didn't deserve access to society, in any way.

What's wrong with being logical?

Deutschland is "over-correcting" the past. Yes, changes were necessary. But to commit to an extrmely liberal way of life is just as destructive.

Liberalism is very dangerous. Are there not at least a few intellectuals in Germany that know this?
05:44 April 13, 2010 by gaskrankinstation
Obviously if you start dating a convict you might be suffering from some serious logic fail and/or other problems, but please remember the girlfriend did not commit any crime let alone MURDER SOMEONE. Let's focus on the crime and the serious flaws in the prison system that allowed this to occur.
20:33 April 13, 2010 by wenddiver
What, it might be dangerous to date somebody who would grab a child at a Garden Party, rape her and kill her?????

Maytbe we should put warning labels on Garden Parties and Prison visiting rooms.

My question did the woman call ut for the police or another sex offender's help?
02:55 April 14, 2010 by Garth Rex
01:03 April 13, 2010 by Prufrock2010

@ Garth Rex:

"When did Germany reinstate the death penalty?"

Prufrock, now seems to be a very good time,doesn't it!?
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