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Man jailed for ten years for filming rape of two-year-old daughter

A 29-year-old was found guilty in Lübeck on Thursday of "the most terrible crime" the court had ever seen.

Man jailed for ten years for filming rape of two-year-old daughter
One of the two defendants in court on Thursday. Photo: DPA

During the trial prosecutors brought forward video evidence that showed the man raping his daughter with his fingers or other objects, while she screamed continuously.

The young girl was also tied up and gagged during the horrific crime, which the man committed with a 47-year-old co-defendant. He broadcast live video footage of the crimes onto the internet, as well as photos.

In the background, loud music could be heard that was meant to block out the child’s screaming. And after the crime, the man carefully cleared up the scene to avoid being detected.

The public was blocked from entering the courtroom as the graphic video evidence was shown, with the judge saying that even experienced jurists found the trial particularly traumatic.

The father was sentenced to ten years and nine months in jail. But he will have to spend at least half of that time in psychiatric care and will only be released if he is then deemed to no longer pose a threat to the public, the presiding judge said.

The 47-year-old co-defendant was sentenced to ten years’ jail.

Police were alerted to the crimes by an online acquaintance of the man, to whom he sent photos of the rape accompanied by the text “I like it when she suffers.”

The young girl is currently living with her mother at the home of her grandparents in Schleswig-Holstein.

The family's lawyer, Franziska Hammer, said that the mother knew nothing of the crimes.

“He very carefully eradicated all proof,” she said.

The family was “doing amazing things to protect and stabilize mother and child,” she added.

“There is still hope that the child will learn to trust people again and will develop into a happy, normal child.”

Police are still investigating around 50 men who are alleged to have watched the crime via a live internet stream.

 

GERMANY AND ISRAEL

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

The German government says it is in talks over further compensation for victims of the attack on the Munich Olympics, as the 50th anniversary of the atrocity approaches.

Germany in talks on further payout for 1972 Olympics victims

Ahead of the commemoration in September, relatives of the Israelis killed have indicated they are unhappy with what Germany is offering.

“Conversations based on trust are taking place with representatives of the victims’ families,” a German interior ministry spokesman told AFP when asked about the negotiations.

He did not specify who would benefit or how much money had been earmarked, saying only that any package would “again” be financed by the federal government, the state of Bavaria and the city of Munich.

On September 5th, 1972, eight gunmen broke into the Israeli team’s flat at the Olympic village, shooting dead two and taking nine Israelis hostage, threatening to kill them unless 232 Palestinian prisoners were released.

West German police responded with a bungled rescue operation in which all nine hostages were killed, along with five of the eight hostage-takers and a police officer.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists  held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972.

An armed police officer in a tracksuit secures the block where terrorists held Israeli hostages at the Olympic Village in Munich on 5th September 1972. Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Horst Ossingert

The spokeswoman for the victims’ families, Ankie Spitzer, told the German media group RND that the amount currently on the table was “insulting” and threatened a boycott of this year’s commemorations.

She said Berlin was offering a total of €10 million including around €4.5 million already provided in compensation between 1972 and 2002 — an amount she said did not correspond to international standards. 

“We are angry and disappointed,” said Spitzer, the widow of fencing coach Andre Spitzer who was killed in the attack. “We never wanted to talk publicly about money but now we are forced to.”

RND reported that the German and Israeli governments would like to see an accord by August 15th.

The interior ministry spokesman said that beyond compensation, Germany intended to use the anniversary for fresh “historical appraisal, remembrance and recognition”.

He said this would include the formation of a commission of German and Israeli historians to “comprehensively” establish what happened “from the perspective of the year 2022”.

This would lead to “an offer of further acts of acknowledgement of the relatives of the victims of the attack” and the “grave consequences” they suffered.

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