The motive for the act remained rather vague even after the judgment. A court spokesman called the word sibling rivalry. The lawyer of the 15-year-old did not want to comment on the why in the court corridor of the Detmold Regional Court to protect his client's personality.
Shortly before, the youth had been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for murder on Wednesday. For the Detmold district court, the two-day trial had clearly shown that the girl had killed her three-year-old half-brother while she was sleeping on the evening of November 6, 2019. After the result of the autopsy, the toddler died from 28 knife stabs.
“In terms of the sentence, the court positively assessed that the now convicted person made a comprehensive and unrestricted confession,” said court spokesman Wolfram Wormuth after the verdict. The entire process was carried out to protect the 15-year-olds from the public. The girl said no excuses at the trial, the spokesman said. The 15-year-old is also not a criminal record. That had also been positively credited to her in the sentence.
The court also assessed the difficult personal living conditions. The spokesman for the protection of the girl did not want to give details. The image of “considerable brutality” at the scene of the crime also played a role in the amount of the sentence.
While the mother of two children burst into tears after the verdict in the court corridor, the 15-year-old defender said. After the main hearing, the verdict is understandable, said Helmut Wöhler. The lawyer had requested that his client be sentenced to a youth sentence of between six and seven years, while the indictment had been pronounced for eight years. According to juvenile justice, a maximum sentence of ten years for murder would have been possible.
Before the trial, his client knew that she would be punished. “I don't think she already knows what the verdict means to her,” said her defense lawyer. He had not yet spoken directly to her after the conviction. Wöhler spoke of an extraordinary process, in which the search for the motif was particularly important. He did not want to give any details, but referred the psychiatric assessor, who said the 15-year-old's guilty of liability was affirmed on the second day of the trial.
The case had caused horror nationwide. According to the indictment, the young woman stabbed her sleeping half-brother with 28 stitches and killed the three-year-old. The parents were not in the apartment at that time. The 15-year-old herself described herself as a perpetrator after her arrest, but indicated gaps in memory.
Relatives had found the boy's body that evening and alarmed the police.
The next day the teenage girl was arrested in Lemgo, about nine kilometers away. A witness had watched her flee and called the police. When an official arrested the 15-year-old, she offered no resistance and, according to the Detmold public prosecutor, was in “calm condition”. She is said to have spent the night outdoors and walked the dirt road to the neighboring town.
Shortly after her arrest, the public prosecutor's office had said that the girl had developed a deep dislike for the half-brother. According to the lawyer, his client had cooperated with the psychiatric assessor. Wöhler did not want to say whether the 15-year-old now knows why she killed after the judgment. (dpa)