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Austria: Man probed for 40 years of incest

2011-08-25 15:04

Vienna - Police are probing an 80-year-old Austrian man suspected of sexually abusing his two daughters over more than 40 years, keeping them virtually locked in his house, officials said on Thursday.

From 1970 until May this year, the man allegedly abused his daughters, now aged 53 and 45, and prevented them from having any social contact outside the home, regularly threatening them with weapons and even death, police in Upper Austria province said in a statement.

The case came to light in early May after the man fell when he was pushed by his oldest daughter as he allegedly tried to rape her, and was found two days later by a social worker.

For years, the man and his daughters shared just one room of their house in the district of Braunau, near the German border, the police said.

The two women testified that they had to sleep on a small wooden bench and that their mother - who died in 2008 - was also regularly abused by her husband.

"They were evidently locked up in their own house, hardly ventured out into the open," Upper Austria police chief Alois Lissl told Austrian television ORF.

"They received (outside) care but were evidently so intimidated that they kept quiet about these acts their entire life."

Suspect denied accusations

"The alleged victims exhibit some mental deficiencies," local police chief Martin Pumberger told the Austria Press Agency.

The man, unable to stand up or call for help after his fall in May, was found by a social worker whom the daughters called two days later. She notified the police.

Pumberger said the suspect has denied all the accusations against him, and was not in custody as no charges had been formulated.

The prosecutor's office in Ried im Innkreis, Upper Austria, said it was investigating the case.

As an interim measure, the man has been banned from returning to his home for at least six months, a prosecution spokesperson said.

The man had been taken to hospital for treatment after his fall but has since been transferred to a nursing home in his town of Braunau, police spokesperson Hermine Prokesch added.

The case eerily brings to mind an earlier Austrian incest story, that of Josef Fritzl, who locked his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children with her, one of whom died.

Fritzl was sentenced to life in prison in March 2009.

Comments
  • Wayne Hayes - 2011-08-25 15:27

    This seriously screws with my mind

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-08-25 15:30

    LOL > "MAN PROBED FOR 40 YEARS OF INCEST" Another brilliant headline!

  • OZNOB - 2011-08-25 15:44

    AND I THOUGHT THAT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED HERE WERE BAD - I AM GROWING TIRED OF SEEING THESE PEOPLE TRYING TO TO KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY - IT IS ALMOST HILLBILLY STUFF THIS

  • Darkie_Ekasi - 2011-08-25 16:09

    And you tell me Africans are barbarians, think again. Now it's out at the open...

  • George - 2011-08-25 16:23

    Some Europeans are pure savage barbarians. They caused world war 1 and 2 resulting in the near extermination of jews and deaths of hundreds of millions of people. Now that savage Neanderthal homo instinct gene is rearing its head again when we hear reports emanating from europe about incest, cannibalism from Germany etc. In Africa Europeans, Australia etc, indegenous populations were subjected to some barbaric inhuman treatment by the same Europeans who even imprisoned a peaceful man for 30 years ( Nelson Mandela) just for asking to be treated humanly together with his African people. A special place in hell awaits them and their master Adolf Hitler who murdered fellow Europeans in their millions for not being Aryan enough. A troubled gene indeed.

      Wayne Hayes - 2011-08-25 16:42

      I just had to open your facebook profile to see what a true idiot looks like...I WASN'T DISSAPOINTED. No wonder you are studying at Wits, too damn stupid to get a proper degree.

      Mr D - 2011-08-25 17:37

      LOL O my hat.. ag f.......f George, go play in the park....so that the bergies can moer you

      PinkAndProud - 2011-08-25 20:10

      @Wayne Hayes - his profile picture says it all.

  • Winsome - 2011-08-25 16:28

    He tried to rape his daughter - and he is 80? What's with Austrian men?

  • landieman - 2011-08-25 16:49

    burn the whole place to the ground,heeren folk my arse!!

      cornelia.hain - 2011-08-26 12:26

      1. lern to write it correctly 2. i would not criticise a whole country if my own country killed millions of native americans and treated african americans as 2nd class citizens until the end of the 60s a little education and less self absorption would do you good!

  • mluleki.simelane - 2011-08-25 18:56

    I think they are lying, an 80 year old man who can no stand up for 2 days after falling? Was trying to rape a 54yr old woman? Let's wait for police to finish with the investigation. They shared 1 room all three of them and he (80 year old weak man) threatened to kill them?

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