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 woman ‘killed lookalike to fake her own death’

A German-Iraqi woman murdered a lookalike she found on social media to fake her own death, police have said as new details emerge of the bizarre case that first came to light last year.

German woman 'killed lookalike to fake her own death'

The body of a 23-year-old woman was found in a car in August at the Bavarian town of Ingolstadt with multiple stab wounds.

Police initially said they believed the victim owned the car, but the next day identified her as someone else who looked “remarkably similar”.

The 23-year-old German-Iraqi and a 23-year-old Kosovan man were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

However, police are now working on the theory the pair murdered the victim after tracking her down online because she looked similar to the German-Iraqi.

“Investigators now believe the female suspect wanted to go into hiding and fake her death due to family problems,” they said in a statement Monday.

She had contacted several women who looked like her via social media and attempted to lure them into meeting her by making “false promises”, the police said.

She contacted the victim in early August and arranged to meet her on August 16.

The German-Iraqi woman and the Kosovan man travelled to the victim’s home in Heilbronn, near Stuttgart, to pick her up.

On the way back to Ingolstadt, they allegedly lured her out of the vehicle in a wooded area and killed her, inflicting “a large number” of knife wounds.

The suspects then continued on to Ingolstadt, where the body was found lying in the car in the evening.

According to the daily Süddeustche Zeitung, the German-Iraqi was a beautician who entrapped the victim via Instagram by offering her cosmetics.

Both women had “long brown hair, a dark complexion and a heavily made-up face”, the newspaper said.