German paedophile threatening suicide at jail

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8 November 2006, Dresden, Germany (dpa) - A convicted German paedophile who is currently on trial for kidnapping and enslaving a child perched all day Wednesday on a prison roof, with warders unable to grab him for fear he would kill himself. The escapade by Mario M marked a fresh embarrassment for German authorities, who had released him early from a previous child-rape term and failed to detect him when he abducted and repeatedly raped Stephanie, 13, for five weeks just a few blocks from her own home. M,

8 November 2006

Dresden, Germany (dpa) - A convicted German paedophile who is currently on trial for kidnapping and enslaving a child perched all day Wednesday on a prison roof, with warders unable to grab him for fear he would kill himself.

The escapade by Mario M marked a fresh embarrassment for German authorities, who had released him early from a previous child-rape term and failed to detect him when he abducted and repeatedly raped Stephanie, 13, for five weeks just a few blocks from her own home.

M, 36, who was in a jail in Dresden, eastern Germany, climbed a building wall from an exercise yard at dawn Wednesday, evading warders, and stood near the edge of a flat roof 10 metres above the ground.

As night fell 10 hours later, he was still on the roof, talking to police negotiators standing on a crane's cherry-picker platform.

At trial, M has admitted abducting the child in January and raping her. His trial is expected to take several weeks.

Thomas Kaemmer, a lawyer for the girl, said Stephanie would not testify at the hearing on Thursday because "this incredible police blunder" suggested she would not be safe, even in court.

An escape was the "worst nightmare" for Stephanie, who described her ordeal in news interviews in September.

M's demands, if any, were not disclosed. Justice ministry officials said they did not believe he would commit suicide, but had not attempted to overpower him for fear he would fall. Reporters said police appeared to hope he would succumb to tiredness and the cold.

At the trial, M had constantly squirmed and at one point had to be removed from court in handcuffs after making a lunging movement towards prosecutors, who are expected to demand the maximum, 15-year jail term, followed by preventive detention.

Saxony state's justice minister, Geert Mackenroth, admitted M had not been adequately guarded but said it was too early to say who was to blame at the jail, which was opened only five years ago.

DPA

Subject: German news

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