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Mother gagged and buried in concrete

Police found the body of a young mother set in concrete and buried in a hole in a garden in western Germany on Tuesday. They arrested her stepfather, with whom she is believed to have had a child.

Mother gagged and buried in concrete
Investigators search the site on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

Police identified the 23-year-old woman as Madeleine W., and said on Wednesday she could have been alive when she was thrown into the concrete in a pit more than a metre deep.

They said they were certain she had suffocated, either before or after being buried in Essen, North-Rhine Westphalia.

Her stepfather, 47, and half-brother, 21, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are in custody.

Police murder commissioner Eckhard Harms said a “serious breakdown in the family” could be the motive for the alleged murder.

The stepfather from Essen has been under investigation for more than a year on suspicion of sexually abusing his stepdaughter, prosecutors said.

It is believed he is the father of his stepdaughter’s two-year-old child.

The mother disappeared last Tuesday after dropping her daughter off at the local kindergarten.

The body was found after police noticed freshly dug ground around a gazebo in the garden. She was buried more than one metre in the ground and covered with two layers of concrete and earth. 

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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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