Second young woman found dead in Freiburg

Only weeks after the body of a 19-year-old woman was found in a river in the wealthy southern city of Freiburg, another woman's body has been found. Both had been raped before their deaths, police say.

Second young woman found dead in Freiburg
Freiburg. Photo: DPA

Police in Freiburg confirmed on Friday that Carolin Gruber, 27, whose body had been found in a forest to the northwest of the city on Thursday, had been raped and then murdered.

On Sunday Gruber had gone out jogging alone, intending to return home after an hour. When she failed to reappear, police initiated an extensive search operation that lasted several days.

Less than a month earlier on October 16th, a 19-year-old woman’s body was found in the Dreisam river in Freiburg. The student was on her way home from a party on her bike when she was attacked.

A post mortem also revealed that she had been raped before her death.

Police are not sure whether she was drowned by her attacker or whether she fell into the river and drowned thereafter.

Investigators are now looking into whether the two cases are related to each other. There is as yet no concrete evidence to suggest that the same man attacked the two women.

Police are appealing to anyone who might have seen Gruber, or anyone acting suspiciously in the Endingen and Bahling areas northwest of Freiburg, after 3pm on Sunday.


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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