Students on trial for abuse of classmate

25th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 May 2004 , HILDESHEIM - The trial opened in Germany Tuesday of 11 students who repeatedly assaulted and abused a classmate and published video recordings of the beatings over the internet. The pupils - all aged between 16 and 18 - are being tried at a special youth court in Hildesheim. The case shocked Germany when news of the arrests was announced earlier this year. There was a large media presence for the start of the trial which is not open to the public. It is alleged the 18-year-old victim was beat

25 May 2004

HILDESHEIM - The trial opened in Germany Tuesday of 11 students who repeatedly assaulted and abused a classmate and published video recordings of the beatings over the internet.

The pupils - all aged between 16 and 18 - are being tried at a special youth court in Hildesheim.

The case shocked Germany when news of the arrests was announced earlier this year. There was a large media presence for the start of the trial which is not open to the public.

It is alleged the 18-year-old victim was beaten, kicked and sexually humiliated by his classmates almost every day between last November and January this year. If convicted, the students could face up to six years in prison.

The youths allegedly used rods and sticks to beat their classmate in a school store room during breaks in lessons. The victim was also forced to eat chalk and to stand fully clothed under a shower.

A spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Hildesheim said at the time of the arrests in February the beatings and sexual humiliation of the victim were an open secret among pupils at the Werner-von- Siemens vocational school in Hildesheim.

The school caters mainly for youths who have left school without any qualifications and aims to boost their chances of gaining employment.

The court issued an arrest warrant for one of the defendants who failed to appear for the start of the trial.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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