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Hunt intensifies for man who killed daughter

Police hunting the man who shot and killed his 13-year-old daughter after she refused to move back home from a children’s home, released a picture of him on Thursday and appealed to the public for help in finding him.

Hunt intensifies for man who killed daughter
Photo: DPA

They say he is probably still armed and could be dangerous though, so are not recommending he be approached.

Fears are increasing that the 35-year-old man, who moved to Germany from Iraq in 2008, may try to leave the country, despite the presence of his wife and other children in Lower Saxony.

Detectives said he may have planned to shoot his daughter Souzan, as he showed up to a meeting with her and youth care authorities in the town of Stolzenau with a gun.

Souzan had moved out of the family home with the help of authorities some time ago due to family disputes. She was killed just after an attempt at reconciliation attempt between her and her family failed. When they walked outside following the meeting, the father opened fire at her in front of the rest of the family.

Souza was hit in the head at least once and died at the scene, slumped against a car in the street.

Detectives have spoken to her mother who is said to have witnessed the killing, but she told them she didn’t know where her husband is.

On Tuesday police found a car he is thought to have used to drive away from the scene, and searched some flats nearby, but found nothing of use.

The Local/DPA/mdm

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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. 

READ ALSO: The German road signs that confuse foreigners

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