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Woman burned father in Easter bonfire

The Local · 5 May 2012, 12:37

Published: 05 May 2012 12:37 GMT+02:00

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According to the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, the 41-year-old woman tossed her father’s body on an Easter Sunday bonfire on her own property in 2010, after reportedly leaving his corpse for months in his own apartment, and then later keeping it in a barn.

In the meantime, she collected his retirement benefits of €1,500 a month, which she testified that she was financially dependent on. The affair came to light after her sister, sensing something was awry, contacted police.

The court sentenced the woman on charges of bodily harm, fraud, and falsification of documents.

The court considered it evident that the woman had given her alcoholic father wine and had never stopped him from drinking schnapps, and that she accepted the consequences the alcohol would have for her father, who suffered from heart problems.

But the woman and her mentally-ill husband were both acquitted on charges of abuse. Her 42-year-old husband reportedly used a tractor to help move his father-in-law’s body from the barn to the bonfire. He received a €500 fine.

The woman’s father moved in with her and her family about 18 months before his death. After he died in July 2009, the daughter reportedly didn’t tell anyone of his death, until weeks later when she told her husband.

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She reportedly forged her father’s signature to receive his retirement benefits. The woman, who has two young children, said she did not receive financial support from her husband.

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15:37 May 5, 2012 by Englishted
BBQ season has started.
19:14 May 5, 2012 by lumberjack
She collected his pension after his death and used a do it yourself cremation to dispose of his body. An 800 Euro fine is a real farce. Something is missing in the justice system.
23:02 May 5, 2012 by Wobinidan
So defrauding the state and burning a corpse earns you less of a fine than not having a TV license.

Well, that makes sense.
16:41 May 7, 2012 by www.emungus.net

Awful death, cheep sentence : €800 and 15-month suspended sentence... Is Germany so weird?

Family tragedies are actually almost not new, it is frequent. But now this getting too common ­whose fault…should we stress deeper the excessive capitalism and consumer society? Ya, consumer society -and money greediness.

Let¦#39;s get back to this cheep death. The sentence in this unimaginable murder displays a quite different image of a whole nation : life is worthless in Germany
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