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Father of three confesses to Mirco's murder

The Local · 28 Jan 2011, 15:30

Published: 28 Jan 2011 15:30 GMT+01:00

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The 45-year-old father of three from the nearby town of Schwalmtal, North Rhine-Westphalia abducted the boy on September 3, 2010, sexually assaulting and killing him the same day, investigators said.

During “protracted and comprehensive” questioning, Olaf H. admitted that on the evening of the crime he had driven around aimlessly after his boss had “dressed him down,” lead investigator Ingo Thiel said.

During the drive he encountered Mirco, who was riding his bike to his home in Grefrath from a skate park.

Olaf H., who works for Deutsche Telekom in Bonn, reportedly persuaded the boy to get in his car. He then threw the bike in a ditch and drove to a wooded area near Grefrath where he assaulted and killed the boy. He left the body at the crime scene, investigators said.

According to Thiel, police found the body where the suspect said it would be some six kilometres from an area police had searched several times.

“Mirco was absolutely a victim of chance,” Thiel said.

The suspect, who lives with his third wife, apparently did not awaken any suspicions among his family or neighbours when he returned after tossing Mirco’s clothing and mobile phone out on his way home.

“He was thought of as a family man. His hobby is gardening,” Thiel said, adding that the suspect also admitted to having driven around aimlessly in the same fashion at least once before, but had no previous convictions.

“One could assume that he was a time bomb.”

Thiel did not say how the boy was killed, but said the crime had been about power, violence and an “act of degradation.”

Police were led to Olaf H. by a witness who reported seeing a dark VW Passat wagon around the time of the boy’s abduction in the area.

But with some 150,000 such car models in Germany, it took investigators some time before they found the right vehicle - a leased company car that Olaf H. had turned in when the contract ran out in November.

From there it was taken out of service to be sold abroad, and travelled on what investigators called “an odyssey.” It was even almost sold to a customer in Russia before “technical methods” led police to find it with a man in Luxembourg, who allowed them to examine it on January 24.

“We had so much on Olaf H. that we also would have gone to Russia to get it,” Thiel said.

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By the time police found the vehicle they had already scoured another 1,500 cars and had another 2,000 in their sights.

DNA taken in a saliva sample and fibres from Mirco’s clothing in the car connected the suspect to the crime, and he was arrested at 6 am on Wednesday. He confessed shortly thereafter.

Police launched one of their largest search actions in German history after Mirco went missing, employing 1,000 officers, a Tornado jet and a drone. But they failed to find his body because it was outside the search perimeter. Had they been in the right area, the Tornado jet's heat sensors would have certainly found the body, Thiel said.

Olaf H. faces charges of murder, kidnapping and sexual assault on a child, Krefeld state prosecutor Silke Naumann said.

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Your comments about this article

17:06 January 28, 2011 by BR549
Jeezuz... Kill a boy over "job stress"?! Normal people get drunk or something, but killing a kid? Whacko.
17:15 January 28, 2011 by The-ex-pat

Can't wait for the bleeding heart liberal defence lawyer to try and justify this "family man's" actions..........maybe one of his garden gnomes told him to do it......sorry........but you just know that he will play the psychologically disturbed ticket to get out in ten. And unfortunately will get it too.
17:57 January 28, 2011 by Landmine
Be interesting to see how long a sentence he is going to get....
19:18 January 28, 2011 by Gretl
This is why I am an advocate for the death penalty. I have a 10 year old. It makes me sick.
19:32 January 28, 2011 by rfwilson
Absolutely phenomenal police work! My hat is off to all those who worked on this case!
00:07 January 29, 2011 by ngwanem
I'm neither a fan of the death penalty nor punitive justice but believe in a preventive and corrective form.

The Olaf guy deserves life without any chance of parole because he is an absolute psychopath and it would be beneficial to the society to restrain him behind bars!!!
02:53 January 29, 2011 by Gretl
ngwanem - since sexual deviance is not able to be corrected, you would choose to lock him up for life. Why pay for his incarceration? Isn't it just as cruel to deny him freedom for his life as it is to humanely end his life?
09:44 January 29, 2011 by ECSNatale
A true tragedy. My heart goes out to Mirco's family. Gretl, as stated, this was not about sexual perversion, it was about power and aggression. What you suggest is murder for the sake of finance. I believe there is nothing humane about that.
10:57 January 29, 2011 by bartschaff
Totally agree with ECSNatale.

Death penalty doesn't impact crime rates; it's terrible in case of mistakes (and they always happen); and it's anyway not true that is saves money, on the contrary - when implemented in a civilised way, with all it's appeals and reviews, it's more expensive than life penalty (e.g., http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/studies-death-penalty-costs-north-carolina-nearly-11-million-year ).

Besides, to legislate putting yourself in the place of the victim or its family is not good practice. Laws are meant to benefit society and to provide justice, not revenge.
20:03 January 29, 2011 by Gretl
I am not usually a death penalty proponent as I think it is far worse a punishment to be locked in a cage for the rest of your life terrorized by other monsters.

However, I do think the death penalty for sexual deviants that rape and murder provides justice and benefit society because you can't let them out. There is no cure. Unlike most violent offenders, the rate of crime does not decrease with their testosterone level as they age. What do you do with them? Warehouse them until taxpayers scream about the high cost going to pay for prisons or states have financial crisises and start parolling them in order to balance their budget? So it all comes back down to economics. How much is that child or that woman's life worth? Is it less than the cost of keeping the prisoner imprisoned? Is it more humane to protect society or the pervert?
23:45 January 29, 2011 by Meringer
Even if the death penalty is not a deterent to others, at least you know that one will not do it again. If given life in prison, there is always a chance he will kill someone in prison, maybe even a guard. there is always a chance he will someday escape or be released by some fluke, mistake or liberal. If he is dead, he is no longer a threat.
12:10 January 30, 2011 by zencv
feel sorry for the child and family. He was on the wrong place in the wrong time. (AND thank God, the criminal is NOT an Auslaender)
10:20 January 31, 2011 by heathen
get a rope...
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