Prosecutors want 15 years for grandpa robbers

6th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 June 2005, HAGEN - Saying that the accused were anything but kind old grandfather types, German public prosecutors on Monday demanded 15-year jail terms for three men aged 64, 73 and 74 years, for a series of bank heists over more than a decade.

6 June 2005

HAGEN - Saying that the accused were anything but kind old grandfather types, German public prosecutors on Monday demanded 15-year jail terms for three men aged 64, 73 and 74 years, for a series of bank heists over more than a decade.

"This is by no means a case of kindly, pitiable grandpas, but rather a gang of hardened criminals," prosecutor Klaus Neulken said in summing up the prosecution in a case which had gained nationwide attention due to the age of the accused.

The three men had admitted to a series of bank robberies between December 1988 and January 2004 in which they acknowledged that terrifying customers and bank employees with their weapons was a chief tactic.

The three - each with lengthy prison records documenting a life of crime - had carried out 14 bank robberies, usually during the dark winter months. Altogether, they stole the equivalent of EUR 1 million.

The prosecutor noted that the three, wearing masks, were brutal in threatening customers and employees with a submachine gun and a fake hand grenade. To this day, some of the victims still suffer from panic attacks and nightmares from their treatment.

"The accused never left any doubt that they would use their weapons," prosecutor Neulken said about the trio's brutality. "All the accused are bankrobbers by trade. Robbing banks is what the accused know how to do."

DPA

Subject: German news

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