Cops rescue schoolgirl from kidnapper

German police freed a 13-year-old girl from her kidnapper after he held her prisoner for 12 hours, demanding several million euros from her wealthy businessman father.

Cops rescue schoolgirl from kidnapper
Photo: DPA

The 51-year old man accosted the girl as she waited for her school bus in the Baden-Württemberg city of Tübingen, on Thursday morning, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.

He enticed her into his car and drove her towards Baden-Baden, while he rang her family to demand several million euros in various currencies for her safe return.

The girl’s parents called the police, who tracked the kidnapper and his hostage to Freudenstadt.

A special armed police commando freed the girl and arrested the man at around 8pm on Thursday after tracing a further telephone conversation with the family.

The kidnapper told investigators he had been planning to take the schoolgirl hostage for some time and had been watching the house of her wealthy father, Der Spiegel said.

But the public prosecutor told the media on Friday, “There is no private or professional connection between the man and the family.”

The man now faces prosecution and if convicted, could be jailed for up to 15 years in prison for kidnap and blackmail.

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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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