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Slave girl told: 'We'll cut off your head if you run'

The Local · 5 Dec 2011, 15:54

Published: 05 Dec 2011 15:54 GMT+01:00

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The 21-year-old woman was attacked nearly every day, as her torturer exercised his sadistic tendencies on her – while his wife did nothing to stop it – in order to avoid attracting his violence herself, the court heard.

The 51-year-old man, named only as Horst. K., was sentenced to eight years and ten months in prison, while his wife Lilia was given just three-and-a-half years.

Weeping, Lilia K. said she was terribly sorry and called out to her victim in court, “You know that I really liked you.”

Both admitted having imprisoned the former girlfriend of their son and keeping her like a slave, abusing her physically at their home in the village of Haßmersheim, Baden-Württemberg.

Horst K. was convicted of kidnapping as well as 50 counts of aggravated assault and 71 counts of malicious injury, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. Initial charges of sexual abuse were dropped.

Lilia K. was convicted of kidnapping but the court heard that she was so dominated by her violent husband that she pretty much had no will of her own.

The young woman who they held prisoner came to the family having made friends with their son over the internet. She moved into the family home in March 2010 and all was well for about three months, the Süddeutsche Zeitung said.

But then Horst K. started to abuse her and she was made to work in the house and was not allowed to leave.

She managed to escape this June – jumping out of a window after about a year of beatings and imprisonment, despite the threats to cut her head off if she tried to leave.

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The couple were convicted in a similar case in 2002, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported – for injuring Lilia K.’s underage sister with a metal bar and a chain. Then Horst K. was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for abusing a ward, and his wife being put on probation for two years.

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17:38 December 5, 2011 by frankiep
So this disgusting family of criminals have now been caught kidnapping and keep someone as a slave for the SECOND time in less than 10 years, and the most that the German court system sees fit to do is hand out a sentence of 8 years? Add this to the weekend in prison that the scumbag in Berlin got for nearly killing a guy by stomping on his head at a U-bahn station and you get a pretty good idea of how ridiculous and dangerous the German criminal system is. Unbelieveable.
18:08 December 5, 2011 by Maschinenbau
Yes, that is really sick . I was pretty shockt after reading this in the newspaper. But the first time you talk about was "just" a abuse of the minor sister of lila K. No doubt that this is sick, too. Hitting a girl with chains and metaltubes. Disgusting.
18:23 December 5, 2011 by mos101392
I am not a German but am very concerned at some of the sentences these criminals receive. I used to joke that if you wanted to kill your wife, make sure you do it in Germany, because then you only have to do 12 years or so.
18:30 December 5, 2011 by Maschinenbau
Its 15 years for murder. But you are "right", if you want to commit a crime do it here in germany. Na, just kiddin, but in some ways the German crime system is very ridiculous. You cant get 5 years in Prison for copying music, movies etc. or also "up to" 5 years for raping a child.
18:57 December 5, 2011 by Jibzy
I think you guys think that there are very pleasant circumstances under which the criminals (wife murderers or what may be) commit their henious crimes. What they need is not hate from society but solution to their problems. Indeed there might be some people who just kill/enslave just for the sheer "fun" of it. But a majority of the criminals have a psychological problem because of which they do what they do.

These people need to be rehabilitated and not killed or tortured. 15 years, to begin with, is not a short prison term. Secondly, i believe this prison time is used to rehabilitate those offenders to become a functioning part of society. I think it would be stupid ONLY if on their second/third murder-trial end up with 15 years.
19:16 December 5, 2011 by Maschinenbau
There is a large "rehabilitate system" in germany. A lot of programs are builded in the last few years. For example young prisoners are able to make there education in some different professions.

The thing with "if you want to commit a crime do it here in germany" was quite a joke.

But sometimes the German crime system "punish" to low or in a inapprehensible way (the example with music copying and child-rape).

I ment "can get 5 years in prison" btw.

On the other hand, rapists have to pass through a long psycological attendance after being in prison.

But there are enough news about rapists who fall into relapse...
20:09 December 5, 2011 by raandy
Franklep , you are absolutely correct, the legal system is totally connected to your demise. From a simple auto accident to murder. When I first came here about 30 years ago I wondered why Germans were so uptight , after 3 or 4 years you figure it out , its the system, hopefully you will never be sued or have an accident if you live in Germany , buuut you can and should get insurance to protect your self from these demons, I would also suggest that you get insurance on the insurance that you have ,most Germans do. It can be tense when you park your auto never be closer than 1 meter. just an opinion. :-)
05:08 December 6, 2011 by SchafEK
The sentences received and what this couple did is reprehensible. This is a

second act and the German crime system encourages repeat offences. That

couple should have received a minimum of 20 years. The wife is equally guilty as

the husband if she knows of these cruel acts and turns the head in a different

09:23 December 6, 2011 by catjones
One has to wonder what triggered the escape after a year of daily beatings.
10:36 December 6, 2011 by AClassicRed
To use deductive reasoning, catjones, if someone has suffered a year of daily beatings they are almost always looking for an escape...and then when opportunity finally presents itself, they do so. They bide their time.

Another psychological angle is a person in such circumstances usually develops a mindset of reasoning: hoping these people who took them in might stop, might remember their humanity, might listen to the pleas to stop.

It's no where near this level, but once I had such a situation here in Berlin, a thirty-something Berliner who locked me in, threatened and attempted all kinds of things. I couldn't get the keys, but set myself to resist and after hours of raging when this now-lawyer fell sleep, it was a chance but I got the keys off his person and escaped. It's always in your mind to escape, long or shorter time.
02:31 December 7, 2011 by beverly
The wife needs to get out of that marriage right now. Why were the charges only

kidnapping and not rape? More information needed. A captured person stayed

so long because she was afraid to leave? Stockholm syndrome when prisoners

try to please the capture.She will have nightmares a long time after this.
22:53 October 19, 2012 by Dizz
I thought the "I was only following orders" defence was dealt with conclusively in the Nuremberg Trials so why does the wife get away with a lighter sentence?
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