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Teen confesses to brutal metro beating

The Local · 23 Aug 2011, 15:35

Published: 23 Aug 2011 15:35 GMT+02:00

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Torben P. said he didn’t know why he repeatedly stomped on a man’s head at the Friedrichstraße underground station in April, an incident that shocked Germany by its sheer brutality and led to vows to crack down harder on violent crime.

But the teenager did say he was shocked and horrified at his deed, though his memory of what happened was “patchy” due to his alcohol consumption. Both he and the victim, who suffered a concussion, lacerations and a broken nose, were drunk at the time of the attack.

The high school student stands charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault. A passer-by managed to stop him from assaulting the 29-year-old victim.

An acquaintance of Torben P. is charged with attacking the man who intervened.

The assault triggered a nationwide debate on crime as well as how to deal with violent adolescents. Authorities in Berlin increased security on the city’s public transportation network as a direct result of the attack.

Torben P. was subsequently tracked down after surveillance video of the incident was played on television.

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There have been at several high-profile violent incidents S and U-Bahn train stations around Germany this year, inclduing a knife attack at station in Berlin’s Wedding district in April and the beating of a 20-year-old student at Munich’s main train station the following month.

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21:52 August 23, 2011 by Whipmanager
It appears that treating animals like humans, being kind, only putting them in jail for a few months or so, isn't working. This kid will probably get a year or less in Prison. He and all like him need to be treated to the worst prison environment one can imagine. 1 meal a day, barely enough food to get by. No major fun, or recreation, just hard work and lots of it. Once he survives that, he and his ilk may very well decide that being a bad guys isn't a good thing after all. I believe in human rights and dignity, but at what cost to society is this type of activity being allowed?
23:29 August 23, 2011 by yourholiness
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23:58 August 23, 2011 by petenick
This young man needs help. Alcohol and Anger management therapy could help him avoid this in his future. If he doesn't get help, there is no other path than prison.
01:04 August 24, 2011 by rfwilson

Help, my a$$!! Giving twits like this guy "help" instead of hard discipline is a major reason why this problem is getting worse.
06:40 August 24, 2011 by johnoleson
Help without just punishment invites vigilantism.
09:27 August 24, 2011 by storymann
I agree the punishment rarely in these cases fits the crime.
10:29 August 24, 2011 by johnny108
Just "slap him on the wrist"- then, Germany can have a wonderfull violent crime rate, just like the USA!!!!
11:40 August 24, 2011 by oldMoslin
@Whipmanager I fully agree what you wrote.

Additionally I will request the appropritae authority (if some one know other newpaper or blogs in German,please broadcast the following).

To publish the criminals names not just writing the first name and hiding the family name. As people need to be aware of who this person is and be aware when mixing with him. Because privacy laws are for gentlemen not for criminals like this teen.
18:16 August 24, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
This is what alcoholism does to people - it's a disease that needs to be treated. It's not an excuse for what this kid did, but it is a symptom of a much bigger problem.
11:04 August 25, 2011 by yourholiness
As far as I know alcohol does not bring out in an individual traits that are not there in the first place. Alcohol just relaxes inhibitions. This guy was a time bomb anyway.
22:39 August 25, 2011 by Whipmanager
Alcholism is an excuse. IF my dad beats me, do I beat others and say it is because my dad beat me? NO. I go to jail, get help, and come out maybe better. If I kill or rape soemone, is it ok to say it is because something happened to me, I am therefore not responsible for it, and as such, just get me a doctor. Is it then fair to the victims that I go free and they may be scarred the rest of thehir livese, and maybe they will do the same to soemone else?

The USA is so rampant with these type of cases. It is done on purpose so that society can be broken up in a fast and unorganized way. When all of society (or a large part) are no longer responsible for their actions, the state then has a right to come in and be responsible for us. Is this where we really want to go?

How we deal with these issues will set the pace for Government to intervene more in our lives or stay out of our lives. Where do you stand?
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