German students jailed for beating fellow pupil

9th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 June 2004 , HILDESHEIM - Three students were jailed by a court in Germany Wednesday for assaulting and sexually humiliating a classmate at their school over several months. Three others received suspended sentences, two were sent for two weeks to a juvenile detention centre and another was ordered to do 80 hours of community service. The court in Hildesheim ordered most other pupils in the class to take part in a work programme or first-aid course. All the jailed students are aged between 16 and 18. Two

9 June 2004

HILDESHEIM - Three students were jailed by a court in Germany Wednesday for assaulting and sexually humiliating a classmate at their school over several months.

Three others received suspended sentences, two were sent for two weeks to a juvenile detention centre and another was ordered to do 80 hours of community service.

The court in Hildesheim ordered most other pupils in the class to take part in a work programme or first-aid course.

All the jailed students are aged between 16 and 18. Two were given 18-month sentences and one a 15-month term at a prison for young offenders.

The entire class of 11 students at the vocational school had gone on trial for the beatings of the 17-year-old pupil, but charges against two of the students were later dropped.

The court heard how some of the beatings were filmed with a video camera and placed on the internet. The victim was beaten, kicked and sexually humiliated by his classmates almost every day between last November and January this year.

The pupils were charged with serious assault and coercion, with prosecutors calling for a 22-month jail sentences for the three ringleaders.

All of the accused entered guilty pleas and had apologized to the victim, the court was told. The guilty pleas meant the victim did not have to give detailed evidence in court.

Court spokesman Jan-Michael Seidel said that in passing sentence the judge had "looked favourably on the confessions and at times very personal apologies".

Chief prosecutor Albrecht Stange said the case had shown that offences of this nature were not being "swept under the carpet" by judicial authorities.

DPA

Subject: German news

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