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Couple ‘chained teen to floor to go shopping’

A German couple are being investigated for allegedly repeatedly chaining their 13-year-old to the floor when they went shopping. He apparently kept leaving the house to meet his friends who his parents did not approve of.

Couple 'chained teen to floor to go shopping'
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The boy's mother and her partner would screw the chain into the floorboards and attach a cuff around his ankle, before going shopping in the Hildesheim area of Lower Saxony, the state prosecutor's office said on Monday.

The boy was able to go to the toilet, but the five-metre steel chain was not long enough to allow him to leave his house.

This happened at least three times by the end of 2012, the prosecutor's office said, and the boy has been in psychiatric care ever since, according to Spiegel Online.

The boy's mother and her partner said they had chained him up because they felt overwhelmed by the task of raising him.

He had, they told the prosecutor, left the house without permission and met up with fellow youngsters they did not like.

The alleged incident came to light when the boy told his biological father what had happened.

The 41-year-old mother her 48-year-old partner face charges of abuse and imprisonment.

A court date is yet to be fixed.

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

READ ALSO: German prosecutors say poaching led to double police murder

The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.

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