German trucker 'admits abusing daughter'

16th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

A German lorry driver admitted in court on Wednesday to sexually abusing his daughter, now 18, over a number of years in a tearful second day of his high-profile trial, German news agency DPA said.

On Tuesday the defendant, identified only as Detlef S., admitted fathering seven children with his stepdaughter, now 27, but had denied forcing himself on her, her twin brother and his biological daughter.

"Daddy didn't want us to go to school because he had no control over us there," Detlef S.'s daughter said Wednesday, according to DPA. "If he ever gets out of prison I will run away."

The 48-year-old is on trial in Koblenz on charges of sexually abusing his daughter, stepdaughter and stepson in a house of horror in the small village of Fluterschen in western Germany over a 23-year period.

Several German media outlets have compared the case to that of Austrian Josef Fritzl, who held his daughter Elisabeth as a sex slave in a cramped dungeon for 24 years. He was jailed for life in 2009.

The biological daughter appeared in court as a witness on Wednesday, repeatedly breaking down in tears as she testified, DPA said.

The stepson, 27, told the court in testimony lasting several hours that he first suspected that the accused was abusing his daughter when he found her bleeding from her genitals in the bath in 2002, the Bild daily reported.

At the time she would have been nine or 10 years old.

The stepson also told the court that the defendant first touched him inappropriately when his stepfather groped his and his sister's genitals in bed when they were both four years old, Bild said.

"This was an incredibly difficult day for my client," DPA quoted the stepson's lawyer Bernd Lindlein as saying.

"It is obvious that he (the accused) will be convicted, the only question is what for."

In total S. is charged with 350 counts of sexual assault and grievous sexual assault of minors. A verdict is expected on February 25.

He is also accused of prostituting the stepdaughter and his biological daughter out to others at 40 deutschmarks and later 30-50 euros (41-68 dollars) per time, allegedly while he watched.

He also used to beat all three with his belt or a homemade whip, public prosecutor Thorsten Kahl said on Tuesday.

The stepdaughter told Bunte magazine that she just wanted to live a normal life "without violence, without getting hit."

© 2011 AFP

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