Josef Fritzl's sex abuse basement to be filled with concrete
Published 12/08/2011 | 13:36
Josef Fritzl's basement, where he imprisoned and repeatedly raped his daughter Elizabeth, is to be filled in with concrete, the liquidator of his estate has confirmed.
He has been jailed for life for imprisoning his daughter Elizabeth for 24 years.
Walter Anzboeck said the move was designed to ensure the space, which Fritzl fashioned into a dungeon to imprison his daughter from the age of 18, can never be entered again.
People still visit the house the house at number 4 Ybbstrasse to take photographs and the doors of the cellar have been welded shut to prevent souvenir hunters trying to break in.
Mr Anzboeck said that concrete would be pumped into it early next year, once town authorities in provincial town of Amstetten, about 120 kilometres (70 miles) west of Vienna, issue a permit.
Fritzl, 76, was sentenced to life in prison two years ago after being convicted of holding his daughter captive in the windowless cellar for 24 years.
During that time, he raped her an estimated 3,000 times, fathered seven children with her and was responsible for the death of their infant son, Michael, after he failed to seek medical help for him. He is now being held at the Stein Jail for psychologically disturbed criminals.
Miss Fritzl has been given a new identity. She now lives with her children in an Austrian hamlet named only by local media as "Village X" and is closely guarded by police and her neighbours.
No decision has yet been made about whether the house where her parents lived above ground and she below should be torn down.