Sunday 22 October 2017

Germany's 'Fritzl' jailed after admitting 162 abuse charges

Juergen Baetz in Koblenz

A German court has convicted a truck driver who fathered eight children with his stepdaughter of 162 counts of sexual abuse and sentenced him to 14-and-a-half years in prison.

The 48-year-old man -- identified only as Detlef S -- admitted to 162 counts of sexually abusing his children and forcing his daughter and stepdaughter into prostitution between 1987 and 2010.

Detlef S, whose last name was withheld because of German privacy laws, first began molesting his daughter when she was nine and after her 12th birthday party he regularly sexually assaulted her.

Detlef S, who has been dubbed Germany's Josef Fritzl,. had already been abusing his twin stepchildren, who are now 28.

The abuse started in 1987 when they were only four years old, and continued until 2010.

DNA samples confirmed Detlef S, who lived in Fluterschen near Bonn, fathered seven of his stepdaughter's children.

An eighth child died before DNA tests could be done, but he later admitted to fathering all eight children.

"Today is the day of truth, the day of justice. We have waited 13 years for this day," said Bjoern B, who was abused along with his siblings by his stepfather.

The case bears many similarities to the case of Josef Fritzl, who was found guilty in Austria in 2009 of locking his daughter in a dungeon for 24 years and fathering seven children with her.

Judge Winfried Hetger described Detlef S as a "pitiless egoist" and handed down a sentence that could keep the man locked away for life.

She imposed a 14-and-a-half- year sentence, but ruled that he should remain imprisoned indefinitely because of a high risk that he could offend again.

Pitiless

"This is about a pitiless egoist. He viewed his family as his property," the judge said.

The trucker was found guilty on 70 counts of sexually abusing children under age 14, 63 counts of abuse of minors and 29 counts of facilitating prostitution.

There is no consecutive sentencing in Germany.

The defendant has been in custody since August, when his daughter came forward to authorities.

Natascha was first raped by Detlef S. at age 12. Three weeks after her 12th birthday, her stepfather started bringing men to have sex with her in return for money.

Detlef S. was also convicted of abusing his daughter, now 18.

"When she was 12 years old he took her into a forest and raped her inside his Toyota Corolla," the judge said.

"He explained to her that this was something really great."

Detlef S continued to rape his daughter in his car in the forest every two months or so and forced her to have sex with other men who paid, the judge said. Two of the men face separate sexual abuse charges trials involving their alleged abuse of the girl, Judge Hetger said.

"Jasmine today is completely torn apart. She told the court that she still loves her father," the judge added.

Detlef S has agreed to pay his daughter and his stepdaughter compensation though the amount was not disclosed in court.

Irish Independent

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