A lenient sentence for a serious offence! In Magdeburg, Afghan Zahid S. (20) was sentenced to one year and ten months in juvenile prison for the rape of the then 14-year-old Klara*.
Public prosecutor Uwe Hornburg had demanded three and a half years’ imprisonment, criminal defense attorney Ulrich Koehler two years on probation.The presiding judge, Anne-Marie Seydel, in the statement of reasons for the judgement said:”Tears were shed by you. “But your tears were only for yourself.” Zahid S has still not understood the consequences for the victim. The girl will suffer from the crime all her life. “This is a nightmare for any woman”, said the judge.
On October 13, 2018, Zahid S. (then 18 years old) had visited the Magdeburg Herbstrummel fair with friends. There the group met Klara. The then 14-year-old was under considerable influence of alcohol (four hours after the crime still 1.52 per thousand).
The Afghans promised the girl to “protect” her because of her condition. Around 7.30 pm they took her to the dark parking lot behind the Ferris wheel.In the meadow Zahid S. and another man raped Klara. The judge: “It is not clear in what order this happened. But it is certain that one of the perpetrators was the accused.” DNA traces of Zahid S. were found in the girl’s panties.No charges have yet been brought against the second suspect.
The Afghan came to Germany as an unaccompanied youth. His application for asylum was rejected and he has been living in Magdeburg on a toleration certificate since then. The judge reprimanded that he had not yet become integrated, did not work and hardly spoke any German.
S. was 18 years and two months old at the time of the crime. But since he has developmental deficits, he was sentenced under the juvenile criminal law. In its lenient sentence, the Juvenile Court held in his favour that he had no criminal record, had made a partial confession and had told the court the names of his accomplices.