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Teen horror mask killer to serve ten years

A teenager who stabbed an elderly woman to death while wearing a "Justin the Serial Killer" latex horror mask started a ten-year prison term in Germany on Wednesday.

Teen horror mask killer to serve ten years
Photo: DPA

“It is a totally horrific, disgusting event,” the judge said when jailing him.

“It is horrendous to consider how terrified the woman must have been,” he added.

The 19-year-old man stabbed the 82-year-old woman 40 times with a knife after being left alone for several days in the family’s Bielefeld home for the first time by his mother and sister.

He was seemingly frustrated at having been rejected as a trainee paramedic and had stayed in and watched the violent horror film Saw, the court heard.

He then donned the mask, grabbed a knife and attacked the woman, who lived in the same building.

The judge said that although the man was demonstrably immature, and would thus be tried as a juvenile, he had committed murder and would have to serve a long prison sentence.

The man denied the attack, despite the physical evidence – his clothes were splattered with the woman’s blood and tissue, which could only have come from pulling the knife out, the court heard. There was also blood on the mask which was found in his flat.

The man’s defence team said there was no reason for him to do such a thing. He still has the right to appeal the sentence.

The Local/DPA/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. 

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