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Schoolboy pays €17,000 to child blackmailers

DDP/The Local · 22 May 2010, 11:16

Published: 22 May 2010 11:16 GMT+02:00

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A 10-year-old boy is said to have been the victim of several different blackmailing operations by other children, handing over the money which he found in his parents’ house.

The main suspect is a 12-year-old, who has been threatening the 10-year-old since March – saying his older brother would beat him up if he did not pay money.

“Because the older brother is known not to be a softie, the boy was really frightened and always delivered the money,” said a police spokesman in Aalen, where all the boys concerned live.

A 15-year-old then heard about the blackmailing operation and - rather than informing an adult – weighed in, demanding protection money from the 10-year-old, the police spokesman said.

A further schoolboy then also joined in, making the 10-year-old pay up to keep the whole affair quiet, while a fourth boy, aged 11, is also being accused of blackmail.

“Although they do not all go to the same school, they all live in the same place,” said the police spokesman. But he said the boys did not act as a group. “It was blackmailing by individuals,” he said.

The victim’s parents kept large amounts of cash at home, he added. “It is difficult to imagine, but the parents did not notice the disappearance of the money,” he said.

The 12-year-old blackmailer repeated and increased his demands from the 10-year-old when he realised it was working, the officer said.

It was only when the parents of the 11-year-old found a €100 note in the school bag of their son that the blackmailing was discovered.

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He admitted what he had been doing, and his parents called the school, who then contacted the parents of the blackmailed boy, who then called the police.

Only a small amount of money could be recovered, the police spokesman said. “We do not know where the rest has gone,” he said.

But he confirmed that none of the children involved were of prosecutable age.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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12:01 May 22, 2010 by William Thirteen
way to blow a good racket kid!
12:11 May 22, 2010 by Prufrock2010
This is really astonishing. Extortion is not a prosecutable offense because the extortionists are underage? Then there was the recent beating of a man in the Munich S-Bahn by kids who were also too young to be prosecuted. Where does it end? Is murder committed by a kid a prosecutable offense? Is there no criminal justice system for juveniles in this country? Truly mind blowing.
12:16 May 22, 2010 by Logan
Not too old for an ass-whooping though. Oh wait, you can't do that here either.

Being young is wasted on the youth... If I knew then, what I know now...
16:43 May 22, 2010 by janji
let them work of the money and dish out coffee to the homeless.
17:25 May 22, 2010 by Bushdiver
Pretty good racket if you ask me. Hopefully there aren't too many underage kids reading this story or there may be an epidemic of these types of robberies. This is just one of many dumb laws in Germany.
19:52 May 22, 2010 by twisted
While I would certainly agree that juvenile offenders should not be prosecuted in the same way as adults, saying nothing can be done because they are children is just crazy. What kind of message does this send to other children? Do what you want because you can always get away with it. Something is terribly wrong in Germany society if law breakers, regardless of age, can get away scot free.
21:39 May 22, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, you would think that there would be at least a few people in Germany, and in all societies for that matter, who would say "It is imperative that we make Psychology the foundation of all education."

Many kids are now just as screwed-up as adults. And I understand that it's tough to look into the eyes a 10 year old and say "you are going to jail for 5,6 or 7 years for the wrong you have done." But the world is different now.
08:43 May 23, 2010 by ColoSlim
That is why you should keep guns in your house instead of large sums of money! Then your kids can protect themselves and you don't have to worry that some little punk is skimming your wad.
09:40 May 23, 2010 by Dlocal
the law makes should realize SOON that if this "jungs can not be charged" and can go scot free...they will even commit to severe crimes than blackmailing alone.....

I dont see a problem "if a drunkard in this country can hold the job for over 2 years ...in spite of repeatedly getting drunk on work because unions are strong".....of course with good intentions to give a drunkard a chance to IMPROVE,

WHY can´t we have the same GOOD INTENTIONS to have a juvenile-court to improve the youth but with some RULES, who says one needs to put them in JAIL and penalize their youth?
08:10 May 24, 2010 by dr.makni49
The trend is serious. The imunity from the prosecution to the juvenile is understandable but the circumstances under which they commit crimes, as serious as shooting a cop as one did a few weeks back in Germany, extortion and gang violence against elders must remain a subject of strict scrutiny to ascertain why do they pick up negative trends in adolescent age. Laws can always be improved as juvenile behaviour is deterorating. There was a clear lack of communication between the victim boy and his parents or so it appears. Parents must apply their judgement sensors to preempt an episode. I am certain the boy must have behaved differently for several weeks before he sccumbed to the extortionist pressure. What were his parents doing then? A sad happening!!!!
21:02 May 24, 2010 by Talonx
In a few states in the U.S. the age of criminal responsibility is set as low as 6 y.o.. On average the age in the states is 8. Both these numbers are lower than ages of criminal responsibility in Iran. I think it's criminal to end a childs life before it's even begun, which is effectively would prosecution would do.

I think it is quite appropriate that these children under the age of 14 fall under the purview of Kinder-Jugendhilfe (child services) rather than criminal courts.
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