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Jail for dad who killed daughters in car fireball

The Local · 1 Jun 2012, 10:34

Published: 31 May 2012 15:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Jun 2012 10:34 GMT+02:00

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The 41-year-old Danish man, identified only as Peter R., had taken his daughters, aged nine and ten, on holiday to Germany in August 2011, when the judge Frank Tiemann said “resentment and jealousy” towards his ex-wife drove him to kill them both.

He stopped his car in the woods in Brandenburg, sedated the children with sleeping pills, strapped them into the back seat and doused the car in petrol before setting it alight, Potsdam district court heard.

Although he was initially in the car, Peter R. got out at the last minute and was found severely burned, staggering into the road. He was taken to a specialist burns unit in Berlin.

His lawyer argued for a manslaughter conviction, saying Peter R. had been planning to kill himself along with his daughters, but the judge convicted him of murder in light of what he said had been considerable planning. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison - which in Germany is the statutory life term unless a convict is considered to present a continued danger to the public.

Tiemann said that because Peter R. had clearly made the effort to buy sleeping pills to sedate the girls and filled up several canisters of petrol, it could not have been a spontaneous decision.

The Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Thursday that the Dane had been fighting with his ex-wife about custody of their children. He told the court that he had "killed them out of love as they should not have to live a life without him."

Psychologists instead deemed him to have a “narcissistic personality disorder.”

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01:12 June 1, 2012 by raandy
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05:37 June 1, 2012 by schneebeck
Two little girls were set on fire and burned to death.

The perpetrator of this unspeakable act will be in jail for 15 years.

When he is 56, he will have his life back again. The innocent children will not have their lives back again.

Some might think his life should not be taken as payment, because that would be murder again (it would be justice, not murder). But, why should he ever be allowed to walk free again??

How on earth can you take a life and only have to pay for it with 15 years of your own life!!??
06:45 June 1, 2012 by JenDigs
First paragraph says "jailed for life"...5th paragraph says he got 15 years.... which is it? (Doesn't The Local ever print corrections?!?!)
08:03 June 1, 2012 by delvek
How does a father do this? I just cant connect the dots regardless of the situation ...
10:36 June 1, 2012 by The Local Germany
@JenDigs - 15 years is considered a life term in the German justice system, unless a convict is considered to present a continued danger to the public. We have amended the story to include this explanation.
12:04 June 1, 2012 by Herr Ed
Death penalty opponents in the US love to talk about the justice system not being perfect and you stand a chance of executing an innocent man. But here we have somebody who has admitted killing two little girls - his daughters, no less - and he gets 15 years???

I've also heard people say that the death penalty is nothing more than state-sanctioned revenge. My response to that ...and your problem is???
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