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Police arrest murder suspect 25 years on

German police have arrested a man on suspicion of killing a young girl more than 25 years ago, on the basis of DNA evidence, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Police arrest murder suspect 25 years on
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In November 1987, nine-year-old Christina was found sexually assaulted and strangled in the western city of Osnabrück.

“The girl did not hear her alarm clock, which is why she left late for school without the friends she usually walked with,” said public prosecutor Alexander Retemeyer.

“She took a shortcut crossing through a garden where it was a bit dark. That is where she encountered a 19-year-old man.”

The young man tried to rape her and when the girl threatened to tell her mother, he strangled her, the prosecutor said.

The victim’s clothes were sealed and stored and particles of the killer’s skin were removed as evidence.

“With scientific progress in the meantime, it has been possible to isolate the DNA and the case was featured on the television show Aktenzeichen XY (about unsolved crimes), which led us to tips about a suspect from a viewer,” Retemeyer said.

“The suspect was ordered to provide a DNA sample, which matched what we

had. He was arrested Sunday morning and confessed Sunday afternoon.”

The man, now 45, was remanded in custody on a charge of murder to cover up a crime.

“The special charge is important because the statute of limitations on a killing alone has run out,” Retemeyer said.

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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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