Ger­man cou­ple ac­cused of tor­tur­ing women to death

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A cou­ple ac­cused of lur­ing women to their house in west­ern Ger­many and tor­tur­ing them so badly that at least two died went on trial yes­ter­day, ac­cused of mur­der by ne­glect. An­ge­lika B., 47, who is now es­tranged from her part­ner, en­tered the court­room first, shield­ing her face be­hind a file. Wil­fried W, a bearded 46-year-old, stood calmly and looked at pho­tog­ra­phers as he en­tered the court in Paderborn, in the state of North Rhine-West­phalia. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have ac­cused the pair of us­ing on­line per­sonal ad­ver­tise­ments to lure women to their home in the small town of Hoex­ter. Po­lice were drawn to the house after a woman, aged 41 and iden­ti­fied as Su­sanne F, died in hospi­tal in April from in­juries re­lated to tor­ture. Wil­fried W’s lawyer said the for­mer cou­ple were at odds over who was the driv­ing force be­hind the crimes. “The ex-wife is por­tray­ing him as the main per­pe­tra­tor, at least in her lat­est state­ments,” said Detlev Otto Binder, speak­ing to re­porters out­side the court­room.

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