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Woman burned father in Easter bonfire

A German woman in Osnabrück has been fined €800 and handed a 15-month suspended sentence for burning her father’s corpse in an Easter bonfire - and collecting his pension after his death.

Woman burned father in Easter bonfire
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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.

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.

The Local/DPA/DAPD/mbw

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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.

READ ALSO: The German rules of the road that are hard to get your head around

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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