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Suspect breaks silence in trial over rape and death of Chinese student

The woman accused with her boyfriend of raping and killing a Chinese student has broken her silence, speaking out against her partner - who is the son of police officers in Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt.

Suspect breaks silence in trial over rape and death of Chinese student
Defendant Xenia I. in court. Photo: DPA.

The 21-year-old defendants Sebastian F. and Xenia I. are accused of luring the 25-year-old student to an empty apartment in May last year before brutally raping her and leaving her to die.

The pair have thus far remained silent during the trial, until Monday when Xenia I. read a statement in court, explaining how she had been abused by her boyfriend Sebastian F. for years.

She said he had often forced her to take part in sexual acts that she did not want to do, used violence against her, hit her, threatened her, and humiliated her. While she read the statement, she broke into tears as her boyfriend showed no emotion, folded his arms and looked down.

Xenia I. further said her boyfriend had insisted on drawing the 25-year-old young woman to the apartment, where she was raped multiple times and then abandoned for hours by the couple, who thought she would die.

When she did not die immediately, the pair dragged her outside behind a portable toilet, where she was found dead a day later, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The case has attracted particular attention because Sebastian F’s mother is a police officer, and his stepfather is leader of the local police precinct. The mother was also a part of the investigation, interviewing classmates of the victim.

When the case was reported publicly, young woman from Bavaria reported that Sebastian F. had twice raped her, but that when she planned to report him, he threatened that he could use the influence of his stepfather against her.

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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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