Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Polish Fritzl on trial

A court in Bialystok, northern Poland, has heard charges read out against a man accused of imprisoning and raping his daughter, in a case dubbed “the Polish Fritzl”.

The 45 year old man from Siedlce, eastern Poland, was arrested last September and charged with imprisoning his daughter for six years, raping her repeatedly and fathering two children who were immediately put up for adoption.

The man’s wife was apparently aware of the imprisonment but was reportedly too afraid to do anything about it.

The accused admits having sex with the daughter but claims that the act was consensual.

The opening of the case comes the day after Josef Fritzl was sentenced to life imprisonment in a mental institution in Austria for similar charges.