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Road accident turns into bizarre murder

Police investigating the death of a woman in a car accident were surprised when a man appeared later and confessed to killing his wife. He reportedly chased her down in his car and stabbed her.

Road accident turns into bizarre murder
Photo: DPA

The killing occurred early Tuesday morning on a country road near Greven in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Police initially assumed the woman died at the scene, after her car had hit a tree, but further analysis showed traces of another car. Officers’ suspicions were also aroused when they saw that the interior of the car remained relatively undamaged, even though the entire front had been destroyed.

Only a few hours later, Wolfgang W. walked into a police station and confessed to killing his wife, Marzena W., who he had been separated from by a court order.

According to the police, the 50-year-old bricklayer waited for the 40-year-old woman in a car on the country road, knowing that his wife, a cleaner, took that route to work every day.

At around 4:20 am, the man apparently followed his wife and rammed her car from behind. Marzena W. accelerated to get away, but after about 300 metres, Wolfgang W. was able to push her car off the road and into a tree.

He then got out of the car, and seeing that his wife was still alive, stabbed her four times in the chest. Her lung was pierced three times and she bled to death.

The couple had been married since 2005, and the man reportedly became violent during their marriage. Last October, after he allegedly beat both his wife and her mother, she was granted a temporary court order banning the man from entering their home.

A neighbour told Bild newspaper, “She went to the police, and wanted a divorce.”

Wolfgang W. has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The Local/bk

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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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