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Ansbach school attacker gets nine years

The 19-year-old who went on a rampage in the Bavarian city of Ansbach in September 2009 was sentenced to nine years in a juvenile detention centre on Thursday for 47 counts of attempted murder.

Ansbach school attacker gets nine years
Photo: DPA

“The fact that there were no deaths is due to chance alone,” Judge Bernd Rösch said while reading the verdict.

The defendant Georg R. entered the school in the city just south of Nuremberg with clear criminal intent and had wanted to kill as many people as possible, the judge added.

In addition to the prison sentence, the defendant, who was 18 when he attacked the Carolinum Gymnasium, will undergo long-term psychological therapy.

Armed with an axe, knives and Molotov cocktails, Georg R. managed to injure 15 people.

Two girls were severely injured. One suffered burns from a Molotov cocktail that hit her face, while another was hit in the head with an axe several times, sustaining life-threatening skull and brain injuries. The attacker was stopped after being shot by the police.

During closing arguments public prosecutor Jürgen Krach described the defendant as a “highly criminal, arrogant personality.”

Meanwhile the judge said that Georg R. had not only wanted to kill, but to gain the attention of the world. Rösch also described the defendants motives as hatred for himself, his school, and his teachers.

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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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