Mass DNA test in hunt for woman’s killer

German police are appealing to 9,000 men to take part in a mass DNA test, in the hunt for the killer of a woman whose dismembered body was found in a lake.

Mass DNA test in hunt for woman's killer
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Parts of the mystery woman have been found over the past three months in the Tollense Lake in north east Germany – but crucially her head is still missing and police have been unable to identify her.

Public prosecutor in Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania Beatrix Komning said the victim was probably between 40 and 55, and the police suspect she was killed by someone she was in a relationship with.

The authorities are therefore taking cheek swab samples from men in the region aged between 50 and 70 and started on Thursday in Neubrandenburg.

The DNA collected will be compared with a sample found on the plastic bags in which the body parts were taken to the lake.

The search for the woman’s head was abandoned on Wednesday after teams had worked through the Tollense Lake and the nearby Mühlen Pond with no success.

DPA/The Local/hc

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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. 

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