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Man acquitted of rape but jailed for incest

Adolf B., who conceived three disabled children with his daughter, has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for incest by a Nuremberg court. But he was acquitted of 500 counts of rape.

Man acquitted of rape but jailed for incest
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The court ruled Monday that the 69-year-old had a consensual sexual relationship with his daughter over a period of decades in their home in the Bavarian village of Willmersbach north of Nuremberg.

Renate B., 46, pressed charges against her father in March, accusing him of raping her at the age of 12 or 13 and then continuing a sexual relationship with her for 34 years. State prosecutors charged him with around 500 cases of rape and called for a 14-year prison sentence.

But the court took the side of the defence – which presented the daughter’s testimony as questionable – and handed down an extremely lenient penalty, since the defence had called for a jail sentence of five years.

Renate B. said her father had beaten her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. “I will kill you,” she quoted him as saying. “It doesn’t matter where you go, I will find you.”

The woman added that her mother was lying in the bed next to them when the first sexual encounter took place.

Renate B. also said that neither her mother nor her four brothers did anything to help her, either during her childhood or later in life.

The court ruled that it was impossible to prove that the sexual relationship was not consensual, and pointed to inconsistencies in Renate B.’s testimony.

At the start of the trial Adolf B. admitted having consensual sex with his daughter. He said that his daughter had almost always taken the initiative in their sexual encounters, an account she vehemently denied. She said she once mixed sleeping pills into his food to escape his attentions.

Prosecutors said Renate B. gave birth to three disabled sons by her father, one of whom died as a baby, another of whom died recently, while the third survived.

A psychiatrist who examined Adolf B. pronounced him fully responsible for his actions. He said there was “a very high probability” that he would repeat them in a similar situation.

Last week, one witness testified that the incest had been an open secret in the village for several years.

But the case only came to light when Renate B. tried to blackmail a doctor, who she accused of being responsible for the disability of her son. She then confided in her parole officer.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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