Suspect arrested in taxi murder and rape case

Baden-Württemberg police confirmed early on Monday that they have arrested a man suspected of raping one woman taxi driver before stabbing another to death last week.

Suspect arrested in taxi murder and rape case
Photo: DPA

Following a manhunt that included a search in Austria, the 28-year-old from the former Soviet Union was picked up in the northeastern German state of Brandenburg on Sunday night. Officers surprised him hiding in a Senftenberg arbour, police said.

Police got a tip from acquaintances of the man that he could be in Brandenburg, they told news agency DPA.

“He was totally surprised and allowed the arrest without resistance,” a spokesperson in Friederichhafen, a city on the northern side of Lake Constance said.

The suspect has not yet been questioned in the case because he must first be transferred to law enforcement in Baden-Württemberg.

He was reportedly known to police for various property offences over the last three years around Lake Constance near where the latest crimes occurred. More details on the case were expected to be released later in the day.

The man is suspected to have stabbed a 32-year-old woman to death in her taxi at a parking lot in Hagnau. The day before he also allegedly kidnapped a 44-year-old female taxi driver near Lake Constance, severely injuring and raping her.

Over the weekend the police had focused their investigation around the rural countryside of Baden-Württemberg, where many farms employ foreign workers to harvest fruit and vegetables.

The daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported on Saturday that many taxi drivers in the region were angry at only having been warned by police quite a long time after the first attack.

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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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