Mother arrested in connection with daughters’ deaths

Police in Lower Saxony said a 41-year-old woman is suspected of killing her two young daughters early on Saturday, apparently while both children were sleeping.

Mother arrested in connection with daughters' deaths
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The girls’ father, 48, who did not live at the family home, is reportedly receiving counseling for severe shock.

The woman telephoned friends at 1:30 am Saturday, who then notified police and paramedics.

During the phone call, the mother said something bad had happened with the children, aged 3 and 5, according to police in Stade, located near the woman’s home in the community of Hammar.

Paramedics found the two children dead in their bedroom. Their mother, who was injured, was arrested but first taken to hospital for treatment. Police would not release information on how the girls were killed but said an autopsy would later reveal the cause of death.

Additional information on a potential motive for the killings would be released early next week by prosecutors in Stade.

Police began their preliminary investigation of the crime scene in the early hours of Saturday. Forensic experts from Hamburg would also be involved in the case.


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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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