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Woman hurt in acid attack in Germany

30th December 2012, Comments2 comments


German police arrested two suspects after a young woman of Turkish origin suffered serious burns in an acid attack in western Germany, police said in a statement Sunday.

The 20-year-old victim opened the door of her home in the town of Hilden early Saturday when one of the suspects doused her with sulphuric acid from a tin can.

"The victim immediately felt strong burns in her face and called rescue services" who identified the liquid as an acid.

The woman was taken to a hospital. Her grandmother was also slightly hurt in the attack.

One of the suspects, a 22-year-old man of Turkish origin, was arrested and remanded in custody on Saturday. He told investigators he had asked an acquaintance to carry out the attack, police and the public prosecutor's office in the state capital of Duesseldorf said in a joint statement.

The other suspect, who is aged 18 and thought to have carried out the attack, turned himself in to the police on Sunday.

"The attack was committed with sulphuric acid which the assailants bought in a pharmacy," authorities said.

The victim had reported the suspected attacker three times to the police for threatening her and using physical violence.

Authorities said the young man had been ordered to stay away from her.


© 2012 AFP

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  • 31st December 2012, 11:37:22 Gary posted:
    Another failure of the German court system. He should have been arrested and put in jail one of the other 3 times. Maybe now they will do their jobs.
  • 31st December 2012, 21:35:20 Kenneth D Hegler posted:
    Germany has been too tolerant too long. Three earlier offences are three too many. Try the assailants, convict, sentance to jail, then extradite to country of origin with no right of return.

    If let off, then let thei defence lawyers and judges serve in their stead. That would set an example.
 

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