Boy, 12, goes free after killing parents

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25 November 2004 , BRAUNSCHWEIG - A 12-year-old boy who shot dead both his parents in Germany this month after a row over school marks is to go free because he is too young to charge, prosecutors said. The boy is recovering in hospital after shooting himself at the end of the bloodbath. He told police in the city of Braunschweig that his doctor father, 66, had threatened to send him to boarding school if his marks did not improve. The boy "borrowed" his father's revolver and another handgun and shot both

25 November 2004  

BRAUNSCHWEIG - A 12-year-old boy who shot dead both his parents in Germany this month after a row over school marks is to go free because he is too young to charge, prosecutors said.

The boy is recovering in hospital after shooting himself at the end of the bloodbath.

He told police in the city of Braunschweig that his doctor father, 66, had threatened to send him to boarding school if his marks did not improve. The boy "borrowed" his father's revolver and another handgun and shot both parents.

"The case is closed," said Klaus Ziehe, a prosecutor. Under German law, parents are held liable for the acts of children 12 and under.

"He told us he had meant to run away. He could not explain why he killed his parents instead," said Ziehe.

The bodies were discovered by the older brother, 14. Welfare officials have yet to say where the two boys are to live.

DPA

Subject: German news

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