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Daughter implicated in murder of parents

State prosecutors have applied for an arrest warrant for a 17-year-old girl and her 21-year-old boyfriend on suspicion of murdering her parents. Two bodies were found in the garden of a house in a small Bavarian village on Sunday night.

Daughter implicated in murder of parents
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Police were called to the house by the couple’s son who said that his parents, Franz and Heidi R., 60 and 54, were missing and that there was a “large amount of blood in the stairway of the house,” a police spokesman said on Monday.

Shortly afterwards officers found two bodies in the garden of the house in Notzing, near Ingolstadt. An autopsy confirmed that the couple were killed by multiple stab wounds.

They said the 21-year-old man gave himself up while officers were at the house, and confessed. Police later found several knives in the young man’s flat, though they are not sure which, if any, was the murder weapon.

The man is thought to have behaved violently towards both his own family, as well as his girlfriend’s, in the past. “The background to the case remains unclear,” said police spokesman Peter Grießer.

Detectives have sealed off the house and the street nearby, where it seems the bodies were first buried before being dug up and reburied in the garden.

Police suspect that the daughter may have been involved in her parents’ deaths, though it remains unclear in what way.

According to a report in Bild newspaper that cites anonymous police sources, she is not thought to have been directly involved in their killing, but may have helped hide the bodies. She was reportedly in the house, where she lives, when her brother came in and phoned the police.

DPA/The Local/hc/bk

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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.

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“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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