Germany is considering lowering the age for crime after an 18-year-old woman has been raped
Germany is considering lowering the age of crime after the 18-year-old woman was banned by five boys as a rape by TWELF & # 39;
- The teenage victim was found late Friday in the western city of Mülheim
- Three of the suspects are 14 and two are 12 – lower than the age of crime
- All five suspects were suspended from school and one appeared in court
An 18-year-old woman was found in bushes after allegedly raped by five boys by 12 boys. This led to discussions about the lowering of the age of crime in Germany.
The teenage victim was found late Friday in the western town of Mülheim after a sustained attack by & # 39; considerable violence & # 39 ;. Three of the suspects are 14 and two are only 12.
But old age criminals can be prosecuted in Germany's 14, meaning that two of the behavioral problems of the suspects will be tackled by the Youth Welfare Office, but they will not be arrested or indicted through the justice system.
After a night in prison, the underage suspects were handed over to their families in front of the police station. Five young people from the age of 12 were detained for allegedly raping an 18-year-old mentally handicapped woman in a playground
The victim was taken to a hospital in the industrial Ruhr area.
Rainer Wendt, the head of the police union, said: "For years we have been demanding that the age of criminal responsibility in Germany be lowered".
But the head of the German Association of Judges, Jens Gnisa, said: & # 39; the comparison & # 39; more punishment less crime & # 39; does not work with young people & # 39 ;. The rules for education laid down in German law are sufficient to deal with juvenile delinquency, he says.
All five suspects are now suspended from school and a 14-year-old has appeared before an investigating judge.
The victim was taken to a hospital in the industrial Ruhr area. Suggested, the bushes in the playground where the woman was reportedly dragged and raped
In the photo, the suspects after they were taken into custody. A 14-year-old has appeared before an investigating judge
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In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the minimum age before a child can be prosecuted is ten. It is thought that a child of this age is not responsible for his own actions if he breaks the law.
The case of two-year-old James Bulger, who was murdered by two ten-year-old boys in 1993, is the argument cited to keep the age at ten.
But the age of criminal liability varies across Europe. In May Scotland raised the age of eight to twelve years old, in Scandinavian countries it is 15 and in France it is 13.
But in 2007, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said that a minimum of less than 12 years was not & # 39; internationally acceptable & # 39; used to be.
Rainer Wendt, the head of the police union, said: "For years we have been demanding that the age of criminal responsibility in Germany be lowered". On the photo the suspects are returned to their families
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