Saturday, 21 March 2009

Austrian Fritzl sentenced to life

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Austrian Josef Fritzl, who kept his daughter in a cellar and fathered her seven children, has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Fritzl, 73, was found guilty of all charges against him, including rape, incest, murder and enslavement.
He showed no obvious emotion at the verdict, telling the court that he accepted it and would not appeal.
The court ordered that Fritzl should serve his life sentence in a secure psychiatric facility.
The judge said he could speak to his lawyer but he shook his head. Then he was led out of court with an impassive face.
See the Fritzl family tree
Fritzl's lawyer, Rudolf Mayer, said outside the court after the verdict: "I would say that the verdict was a logical consequence of a confession.
"Of course if you have 3,000 cases of rape and 24 years of being kept in a cellar, it is evident that there can only be a punishment or verdict like this one."
The life sentence was handed down for the murder by neglect of one of the children, who died soon after birth.
The jury unanimously accepted prosecutors' arguments that the child could have survived if it had received medical care denied by Fritzl.

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