Prosecutors file rape charges against weatherman Kachelmann

Mannheim public prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they had filed rape charges against Germany’s most famous weatherman Jörg Kachelmann following several weeks of holding him on remand.

Prosecutors file rape charges against weatherman Kachelmann
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The Swiss-born 51-year-old is suspected of raping his long-time girlfriend at knifepoint in their Schwetzing apartment in February when she tried to end their relationship, public prosecutor Andreas Grossmann said.

Kachelmann allegedly threatened to kill the woman, who sustained injuries to her throat where he pressed the knife.

The weather man and founder of Meteomedia weather service has been held since March 20 when he was arrested at the Frankfurt airport upon returning from work at the Vancouver Olympics.

He maintains his innocence.

Meanwhile prosecutors in the state of Baden-Württemberg have reportedly based their case on the alleged victim’s testimony, forensic and medical evidence.

Kachelmann will remain in police custody until June 1, when authorities will review the situation.

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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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