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Böhse Onkelz singer on trial for drugged-up hit-and-run

The Local · 24 Sep 2010, 11:00

Published: 24 Sep 2010 11:00 GMT+02:00

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The 46-year-old stands accused of getting high on cocaine and methadone before getting behind the wheel and ramming a small car while driving some 230 kilometres per hour. Two young men in the other car suffered severe injuries and will appear as joint plaintiffs in the case.

Russell, who has previous convictions, denies that he caused the accident, but state prosecutors found his DNA traces on the sports car air bag. Other evidence against him includes security camera footage of Russell shopping at a nearby motorway gas station just minutes before the accident.

The musician faces charges of negligent bodily harm, reckless driving and fleeing the scene of an accident.

The Frankfurt court plans to deliberate for six days.

The band Böhse Onkelz, a misspelling of the colloquial phrase "bad uncles," was together from 1980 to 2005. Their musical style has changed through the years from punk, to Ska to heavy metal.

He was born in Hamburg to a German mother and a British pilot for German airline Lufthansa.

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Your comments about this article

17:57 September 24, 2010 by majura
I'm surprised Sarrazin hasn't lent his racist/xenophobic support- yet.
01:36 September 25, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Why would the Frankfurt court deliberate more than six minutes if the allegations are proven?
12:17 September 25, 2010 by JohnPaul44
The anti-gun liberals become highly indignant when it is pointed out to them that automobiles kill far more people than guns do, but what can I say?
13:19 September 25, 2010 by Prufrock2010
A specious argument, and you know it. You're trying to equate an anecdotal incident involving a man who is stoned out of his gourd on speedballs (cocaine and methadone combination) who was driving his car at 230 kph with unrestricted gun ownership. Absolutely preposterous. Besides, even in this illegal and irresponsible incident, no one was killed (fortunately).

However, your comment begs the question as to why you have to turn every thread you visit into a liberal-bashing anti-gun control soapbox. This article is about extremely reckless antisocial behavior, not about guns. Please don't hijack every thread with your anti-"liberal" NRA mantra.

Since you are off-topic, I'd like to follow suit for a moment. Just out of curiosity, do you collect your social security checks or do you return them to the US Treasury?
09:01 September 27, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Hi, Prufrock,

A good question, even if off-topic as you say. Yes, I draw my social security checks, but when I started drawing them, I went back over my 45 years of work history, added up all I had paid in, added an average interest rate for all the years, and even though my earnings had almost never exceeded the national average, I found that a lump-sum payout, conservatively invested, would have netted me more than my social security "benefits" amount to. I am satisfied that I have paid in more than I am drawing out, but still a good question. That is certainly not true of the majority of people now, and is why the social security system and our country will soon crash. Of course, the world is predicted to end in 2012, so the politicians seem to have planned well!
01:03 September 28, 2010 by Prufrock2010
The only person predicting the world to end in 2012 is the German film director Roland Emmerich, so I wouldn't worry. I also draw my social security checks, having paid in to the system all my life. It's an insurance policy, and it will be solvent long after you and I have departed this mortal coil. Had my social security (or yours) been privatized two years ago, we would have lost it all in the stock market, just as I lost 25% of my retirement investment portfolio within 24 hours. But, that's neither here nor there. If the world as we know it ends in 2012, I'm cool with that. There's little to recommend it now, as it has descended into insanity.
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