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Teen offender beats girlfriend at school after trial flap

DDP/The Local · 5 Jul 2010, 11:25

Published: 05 Jul 2010 11:25 GMT+02:00

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The 18-year-old girl was severely injured after he kicked, choked and beat her in a Hamburg school yard on Thursday. He stopped only after several teachers at the Borgfeld district school intervened, police said. The girl was hospitalised with a lower leg fracture and contusions to her head and upper body.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of dangerous bodily injury.

In May the suspect was released from police custody after being detained for six months on remand. The manslaughter trial against him and another boy had to be rescheduled because the judge's return from a Spanish holiday was delayed by the volcanic ash cloud that crippled air traffic over Europe for several days in May.

The two boys had been accused brutally beating a 44-year-old man at an S-Bahn commuter train station after he refused to give them €0.20. The man died four weeks later of a severe head injury.

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Their victim’s family and the wider German public were outraged by their release.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

12:18 July 5, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Helluva criminal justice system here, I must say.
13:28 July 5, 2010 by joe cook
UNBELIEVABLE , 6 months detention for beating a man to death over pocket change and is released to injure this girl.outrage is understandable but I think the Gov, should be held accountable for the girls beating,the so called justice system is suppose to protect the people from scum like that .They failed that girl.and the people they are paid to protect.
13:40 July 5, 2010 by tallady
absolutely the truth...
04:34 July 6, 2010 by Aussiefrank
I think it commonplace that the Judiciary place more emphasis on the offender than the victim. In murder cases the victim has no voice whereas the offender has skilled lawyers as advocates.

In many cases the judges hands are actually tied by the politically imposed laws, and it shows in this case that there should be a further strengthening of the laws relating to murder and grievous bodily harm.

Here in Australia, such revision is long overdue as it apparently is in Germany.
17:27 July 6, 2010 by hanskarl
"I understand what you mean. However, name one country that has a decent judicial system. Tell me one country where the victim has more rights than the perpetrator. "

Texas! ;-)
21:33 July 7, 2010 by wxman
The article is curiously short of details.
12:35 July 8, 2010 by Prufrock2010
That's probably because the punk is a minor whose "privacy rights" must be protected at all costs.
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