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Man who beheaded wife held in psych institute

A man who killed and then dismembered his wife, throwing some of her body parts off the roof of a building in central Berlin while their six children cowered in a nearby room, is to be held in a psychiatric institution.

Man who beheaded wife held in psych institute
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The 32-year-old named only as Orhan S., has admitted killing and beheading his wife Semanur, 30, on Sunday night, in a case that left Germany horrified. He threw her head and other body parts into the courtyard as police approached him on the roof of their apartment building.

“There is reason to believe that he was psychologically unbalanced. It is likely he will now be held in a closed psychiatric institute,” a detective told the Berliner Zeitung newspaper after a psychiatrist examined the man.

One relative told the BZ newspaper that Orhan had suffered psychiatric problems, speaking of depression with schizophrenic episodes.

Toxicological examinations will also be conducted to determine what drugs and medicines he may – or may not – have had in his blood stream. Neighbours have told reporters that he regularly took medication for mental disorders as well as illegal drugs.

The couple’s six children, aged between one and 13 were not physically harmed in the attack – before which their mother locked them in a room to keep them out of the way according to some reports.

They have been placed together in state care while authorities try to figure out if anyone else in the family can look after them, the paper said.

A group from the area called “Neukölln Awake!” was planning a demonstration in the street for Tuesday evening to show their solidarity as “Turkish men against violence and barbarism” – the group of largely men with Turkish roots campaigns against domestic violence.

DPA/The Local/hc

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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. 

READ ALSO: The German road signs that confuse foreigners

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