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Prosecutors demand 14.5 years for ‘German Fritzl’

The Local · 17 Mar 2011, 14:10

Published: 17 Mar 2011 14:10 GMT+01:00

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The 48-year-old former trucker, identified only as Detlef S., has admitted to fathering eight children with his stepdaughter - one of whom died - but denied raping her. He has also confessed to abusing his daughter.

The victims are "seriously traumatised" by their ordeal, prosecutor Thorsten Kahl told the court in Koblenz, western Germany, in his closing remarks.

"They will suffer from the actions of the accused for their whole lives," he said, adding that they required "urgent therapeutic support."

The sentence demanded - 14 years and six months - was just under the maximum possible of 15 years. Kahl also called for S. to be placed in preventative custody.

Kahl said S. had begun to abuse his daughter when she was nine-years-old and his stepdaughter when she was 12. The evidence had "completely confirmed" the charges against the accused, added the prosecutor.

In total S. is charged with 350 counts of sexual assault and grievous sexual assault of minors over a 20-year period in the tiny village of Fluterschen, near Koblenz.

He is also accused of prostituting his stepdaughter and his biological daughter out to others at 40 deutschmarks and later €30 to €50 per time, while he allegedly watched.

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Co-plaintiffs were due to testify later Thursday. The defence team was set to sum up on Monday, with a verdict expected the day after.

Several German media outlets have compared the case to that of Austrian Josef Fritzl, who held his daughter Elisabeth as a sex slave in a cramped dungeon for 24 years. He was jailed for life in 2009.


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14:56 March 17, 2011 by Gretl
Why is it that Austria can jail Fritzl for life, yet Germany can only manage a maximum of 15 years? How about 3 x rape of a minor, 1 x incest, 2 x prositution, per episode, one would think your could get up to life that way.
15:33 March 17, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Unreal. At his age, the years go by so fast, 14.5 won't even phase him. This is sick, Germany. Put this dude away! do they even give look down on this type of criminal in German Prisons? I hope its an uncomfortable 14.5, because he's going to be back home with Mama's Roladen in no time.
19:50 March 17, 2011 by bartschaff
Seeing the headline one could already know there would plenty of cries of "he must be locked for life!" and "oh, the monster should suffer!".

To begin with, 15 years is not short at all. But the point is that people just forget too easily that there are only two justifications for a time in prison: i) to protect society from someone dangerous, and ii) to discourage other people from committing the same crime.

About (i), he abused exclusively his own family and he'll never get a chance of doing that again, even if only spending a single day in jail; and about (ii), sick people like him won't be much more discouraged by a life sentence than by a 15-year one.
01:06 March 18, 2011 by Gretl
bartschaff - you make a good point, it should be the death penalty. Either it will discourage "sick people" from acting out, or weed them out of the gene pool. Both are fine by me.
07:48 March 18, 2011 by blogboy
I bet if he cheated on his taxes, he would get more time for that than this sick crime!
08:45 March 18, 2011 by catjones
Was this guy on Streetview?
09:48 March 18, 2011 by bartschaff
@Gretl "weed them out of the gene pool"

That's indeed a great idea! When they tried something like that in this country, some 70 years ago, it didn't seem to work out that well, but why not give it second chance, right?
10:29 March 18, 2011 by tallady
Fritz,,the child molester ,raper, sodomizer ,terrorizer, ,and words yet to be invented about this piece of s--it only gets 14 years,,,joke. and a slap in the face to his victims,

Greti,,I agree that society would benefit from the loss of his genes. It appears that natural selection isn't working.
11:13 March 18, 2011 by adipk
Okay fine, if only jail is....... than i would prefer not to keep with normal human beings. He must be in separate jailed where he is not allowed to look any human being again. Such a sick person.
11:14 March 18, 2011 by LecteurX
Sorry to break the news on you but his genes are already out in the society, and pretty well so, since he has a daughter and fathered 8 kids with his step daughter. So what should we do to his descendants to "cleanse" the gene pool? Forcibly sterilize the kids (in a humane way of course)??

Let's not resort to old-fashioned thinking.

However, I'm appalled, like many here, that you get just locked away for a mere 14 years after committing upwards of 350 rapes and permanently destroying the lives of innocent children...
11:49 March 18, 2011 by storymann
LecteurX,,nobody was referring to his offspring or his descendants,lets keep it all about him, and the remarks were more figurative than substantive.
06:07 March 20, 2011 by hOU
Ah not so fast, this will be nearly 15 years of watching his back, leaving the soap on the shower floor and learning how to defend himself tooth & nail.

He's a none. He's mincemeat.

The prisoners will make his life a living hell. Cool.
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