Man jailed over elec­tric shocks

Antelope Valley Press - - SECOND FRONT -

BERLIN (AP) — A Mu­nich court on Mon­day con­victed a Ger­man man of more than a dozen of­fenses of at­tempted mur­der for trick­ing women and girls into giv­ing them­selves elec­tric shocks while he watched over the internet.

The re­gional court in the Bavar­ian cap­i­tal sen­tenced the man, iden­ti­fied only as David G. for pri­vacy rea­sons, to 11 years’ imprisonme­nt.

Court spokesman Flo­rian Gli­witzky told The As­so­ci­ated Press that the 31-year-old de­fen­dant would be sent to a se­cure psy­chi­atric clinic for treat­ment.

Prose­cu­tors said the man con­tacted women and girls as young as 13 on­line over a five-year pe­riod start­ing in 2013, claim­ing to be a doc­tor seek­ing paid vol­un­teers for a med­i­cal ex­per­i­ment on pain per­cep­tion. He then per­suaded them to at­tach a home-made con­trap­tion to the elec­tric­ity mains and their ex­trem­i­ties while he watched and is­sued in­struc­tions. None of the vic­tims was ever paid.

Judges con­cluded that 13 of the 88 cases con­sti­tuted at­tempted mur­der be­cause the de­fen­dant had told the women to hold the ca­bles to their tem­ples or feet, caus­ing elec­tric­ity to flow through their brains or hearts.

The court also con­victed him of two counts of se­ri­ous bod­ily harm and five counts of pre­med­i­tated bod­ily harm, of breach­ing the vic­tims’ pri­vacy by film­ing them, and of il­le­gally claim­ing to have a med­i­cal de­gree.

An expert wit­ness told the court that G. had car­ried out his crimes for sex­ual and sadis­tic grat­i­fi­ca­tion. The de­fen­dant dis­puted that.

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