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Man accused of having eight children with step-daughter

A man is to appear in a German court on sexual assault and child abuse charges next week after being accused of conceiving eight children with his step-daughter.

Man accused of having eight children with step-daughter
The man's house in Fluterschen. Photo: DPA

According to the Rhein Zeitung newspaper, the 48-year-old Detlef S. from Fluterschen in Rhineland-Palatinate is suspected of abusing his biological children, as well as his step-daughter, for 23 years. He also allegedly forced his daughters into prostitution.

A spokesman for the court in Koblenz confirmed that the man would appear before a judge on Tuesday. He has been in custody on remand since August 2010.

The paper also said that DNA tests had proved the man had fathered seven children with his step-daughter. Another child had died and was not tested.

He stands accused of serially abusing his step-son, his step-daughter and his biological daughters between 1987 and 2010. He is also said to have taken both his step-daughter and one of his biological daughters to two other men, who carried out sexual acts with them.

The spokesman declined to say what age the children were when the abuse was said to have taken place.

The mother of the children has been called as a witness. Police do not suspect her of being an accomplice.

The paper quotes a neighbour saying, “We often wondered about the number of children in his house.” But the town mayor commented, “The family did not particularly attract attention.”

DPA/The Local/bk

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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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