A criminal court in Leipzig sentenced a man to nine years in prison for severely abusing his six-year-old daughter. The court found that the daughter suffered the following abuse:
– the father beat her severely daily for 32 straight days, causing permanent injury;
– the father starved her for a month;
– the girl was almost dead of thirst when she was found;
– the father severely burned her with hot coffee so that more than half the skin on her head was ruined and new hair growth is no longer possible;
– the father forced her to balance a searing hot cup of coffee on her burned head numerous times.
The girl was forced to recount all the abuse in open court.
The Court found the following mitigating circumstances in favor of the father:
– the father admitted the abuse during the trial;
– the father agreed to pay 20,000 euro. for pain and suffering;
– the father agreed to pay damages.
Now the 27-year-old father will be out of prison by the time he’s 36, giving him plenty of time to abuse future children he fathers.
Has justice been done? The facts in this case almost make one wonder if some other kind of justice is not callled for in a case like this where such a sentence is given for such a crime (see New Model Army’s “The Hunt”).