Right-wing extremist jailed for attack on children
The attack alarmed Germany and raised fears of a new form of murderous political violence.
Berlin -- A right-wing extremist, 19, who attacked children sleeping in a tent at a left-wing youth camp in Germany last summer was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison.
One of the victims, a 13-year-old girl, was seriously injured when the drunken assailant started hitting her as she slept.
Her half-brother, 23, suffered bruises and abrasions during the assault with a glass bottle and a camping spade at the summer camp in the state of Hesse in July 2008.
The attack alarmed Germany and raised fears of a new form of murderous political violence, but the trial heard that the attack was the accused's own idea. He testified that he had wanted to hurt young people from the group he opposed.
He was convicted on two counts of causing dangerous bodily harm and of damaging property, but judges rejected a charge of attempted murder, saying he stopped hitting after the girl shrieked.
The court ruled that though he had drunk beer, cider and schnapps beforehand, he was not drunk enough at the time of the attack for this to diminish his legal responsibility.
Judges said that despite the alcohol he had managed to climb a 2.5-metre fence into the camp and choose which tent to attack, so he was in control of his own actions.