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Court says Bodenfelde murder suspect admitted to cannibal acts

Just days before the trial opens against the man charged with the murders of two teenagers in Lower Saxony in November, the court in Göttingen has revealed that the killer reportedly bit one of his victims.

Court says Bodenfelde murder suspect admitted to cannibal acts
Photo: DPA

German news agency DPA said the man also ate body parts belonging to one of the teenagers killed in the town of Bodenfelde. Court spokesman Tobias Jakubetz told DPA on Friday that the defendant had admitted to cannibalistic acts.

In late November, 26-year-old Jan O., confessed to the murders of two Bodenfelde teenagers: Nina, 14, and Tobias, 13. Their bodies were found in a wooded area on the outskirts of the town.

The court spokesman said the man charged with the murders bit a wound on the female victim’s neck after she was killed. The defendant also allegedly admitted he attempted to bite off the girl’s toe.

Jan O. said he had wanted to attack Nina sexually but had murdered her when she screamed and defended herself.

The killer choked Nina near her home on November 15, before dragging her to a nearby wood, where she was kicked, struck with a full beer bottle and stabbed to death in the throat.

Five days later, 13-year-old Tobias was murdered. The court said the killer initially mistook the victim for a girl before taking Tobias to the same wooded area, strangling and stabbing him to death.

A psychological evaluation of the defendant found that suspect Jan O. was mentally unstable at the time of the murders and speculated that the motive behind both killings was sexual in nature.

The trial against Jan O. begins on Wednesday in Göttingen. Due to the gruesome nature of the crimes, a large part of trial could take place in camera.

DPA/DAPD/arp

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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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