Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Turkish immigrant puts out fiancee's one good eye

IOL:

A court in Germany Tuesday slapped a stiff prison sentence and a fine on a man who put out his fiancee's one good eye because she wanted to call off their engagement.

The 33-year-old Turkish immigrant was slapped with a 10-year prison term and $250,000 in damages to his former fiancee, who is now totally blind.

She was blind in one eye when they met and fell in love, Kleve State Court in Moers was told. Learning that he had a criminal record, her parents objected to the impending marriage.

Enraged, the would-be bridegroom told her: "If you don't marry me, I'll make sure you never look on another man's face as long as you live. My face will be the last thing you ever see."

He tried unsuccessfully to put her eye out once only to have her slip out of his grasp. He ambushed her three weeks later and carried out his threat.

It's amazing that this animal only got 10 years in prison considering that this poor woman will be blind for the rest of her life.

3 Comments:

At 4:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"only got 10 years in prison"

It's Germany, so I am not surprised. Often I hear about light sentences for crimes that, at least in the US, would bring much stiffer penalties.

However, you don't comment on other aspects of the story:

"Turkish immigrant"

"he had a criminal record"

Is he today a German national? If not, is he going to be deported once his sentence is finished (i.e. after German taxpayers are further burdened by him)? What were his earlier crimes? Was he a German national when he committed those? If not, why wasn't he deported then?

European countries really need to take a good look at their laws regarding nationality and deportation.

 
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