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Incest family was village’s ‘open secret’

An incestuous relationship between a man and his daughter was an open secret in a Bavarian village since at least 1982, according to testimony Tuesday in the trial of Adolf B. – accused of raping and fathering three disabled kids with his victim.

Incest family was village's 'open secret'
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The 69-year-old man from the village of Willmersbach has admitted to sex with his now 46-year-old daughter, while claiming it was all consensual. Prosecutors argue, however, he forced himself upon her for decades.

One witness from a neighbouring town told the Nuremberg-Fürth court that rumours of a relationship had been widespread for years, although he himself didn’t have contact with the family.

Another man who knew the defendant for about 30 years said that he had twice seen the pair in parked cars along secluded paths but didn’t “attach so much importance” to what he had observed.

He told the court that local residents had discussed the relationship between closed doors.

“They wondered why (the victim) went along with it,” he testified, adding that he had himself wondered why authorities had never done anything about the relationship.

Once about 20 years ago, he claimed, he spoke with a government employee about the situation but it was made cleared officials would not investigate because they found the family aggressive.

According to other witnesses, Adolf B. was generally peaceful as long as he was not drunk. His relationship with his daughter was described as “harmonious” by one witness.

The former mayor of the municipality of Gerhardshofen, which Willmersbach is part of, testified that despite the fact that he had heard rumours, it had been made clear to him that he had to catch the couple in the act of sex in order to press charges.

The trial will continue until December 19, when a verdict is due. Family members are due to appear before the court but are likely to exercise their right to refuse to testify against the father and daughter.

The Local/DAPD/mdm

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OKTOBERFEST

IN PICTURES: First weekend of Munich’s Oktoberfest sees around 700,000 visitors

Around 700,000 people braved the wet and cold weather to attend the first weekend of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, according to estimates by festival management.

IN PICTURES: First weekend of Munich's Oktoberfest sees around 700,000 visitors

That is significantly less than the around one million visitors seen in 2019, the last time the festival took place as the 2020 and 2021 editions were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

READ ALSO: Germany’s famed Oktoberfest opens after two-year pandemic hiatus

“We want the weather gods to remember what decent Wies’n [Oktoberfest] weather looks like,” festival head and CSU politician Clemens Baumgärtner said, German news agency DPA reported.

Man and woman in lederhosen at Oktoberfest

A man and a woman in traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl dresses arrive for the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich on September 17, 2022.  (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

The festival opened on Saturday and the first guests were already queuing outside the entrances before sunrise to secure their spot at the front of a beer tent when the site was opened. The first tents closed their doors around noon.

Oktoberfest costume parade

Participants of the traditional costume parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival arrive on September 18, 2022.  (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

But the Schottenhamel tent (the oldest at the Oktoberfest) spokesperson, Christian Schottenhamel, said the numbers of people visiting the tents this year were similar to that seen in 2019, DPA said.

Oktoberfest costume parade

Participants dressed as fools perform during the festival’s traditional costume parade on September 18, 2022. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

He reported that the atmosphere was euphoric, with people just happy to be celebrating Oktoberfest again.

Oktoberfest beer tent visitors

The first visitors arrive and reserve places in a beer tent during the opening of the festival on September 17, 2022. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

The festival has attracted a mixed audience so far, including families with children and visitors from abroad, such as from the United States and France.

But the spokesperson for the smaller tents, Otto Lindinger, said the audience was getting younger, noting strong demand for meat-free dishes, although the Oktoberfest chicken was said to still be a hit.

Visitors celebrate at Oktoberfest

Visitors jostle for a Maß in a beer tent at the Oktoberfest on September 17, 2022. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Over on the south side of the festival area, head of the museum tent Yvonne Heckl described the atmosphere in the traditional ‘Oide Wies’n’, or old Oktoberfest, area as “chilled and calm”.

The festival lasts until October 3rd, as German Unity Day falls on the Monday after the last Oktoberfest Sunday.

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