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Teen in court for holding two boys as 'slaves'

The Local · 24 Feb 2011, 15:11

Published: 24 Feb 2011 15:11 GMT+01:00

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The teenager was charged with false imprisonment and fraud in the Düsseldorf youth court, which remained closed to the public.

Some 18 witnesses were called in the case, including the defendant’s two victims.

Investigators freed the 13 and 15-year-old boys from the freezing Düsseldorf attic in October 2010. The defendant was 16 at the time the alleged crimes were committed.

The two children, who grew up in state institutions, were locked in the attic at night, forced to suffer temperatures well below freezing. By day the older teen forced them to steal for him.

The young man’s parents were reportedly unaware of their son’s criminal activities, which also included collecting donations for a fake charity.

Along with three other perpetrators the boy solicited money from businesses across the region for a non-existent school in Argentina, keeping the money for himself.

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If convicted, the 17-year-old could spend several years in a juvenile correctional facility.


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Your comments about this article

15:55 February 24, 2011 by Zobirdie
Burgeoning little Fagan, isnt he?
16:15 February 24, 2011 by lordkorner
A seventeen year old German, where were the slaves from?.
08:28 February 25, 2011 by Landmine
Some parents that kid has.... Talk about oblivious!
20:01 February 26, 2011 by belfast-jamie
I didn't see rent mentioned?

Does anyone know what rent they were charged?
19:03 February 27, 2011 by ginweb
My question is, how did the parents not know there were stow-aways in the attic? But then, how do parents not know a lot of things these days.
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