Court sentences woman to 15 years in prison for murdering her 5 children
A woman from the western Germany city of Solingen on Thursday received a life sentence of 15 years after being found guilty of murdering five out of her six children.
The children were aged between one and eight years.
The court sitting in the city of Wuppertal found no extenuating circumstances, this virtually rules out release for the woman, who is 28, after she has served the normal life term of 15 years.
The woman’s eldest son survived her actions.
During the trial, the prosecution alleged that she had first sedated the children and then drowned or suffocated them one at a time.
The investigating officers believe that seeing a photo of her husband with a new partner was the incident that motivated the crime, which shocked Germany.
She then messaged him that he would not see the children again.
The children’s bodies were discovered in their beds on Sept. 3, 2020.
The woman insisted that an intruder had broken into her home, tied her up and forced her to send chat messages before murdering the children.
Psychiatric experts found no evidence of serious mental illness.
Her defence lawyer called for her release on the grounds that doubts remained over whether his client had committed the murder.
The court found that Melina, 1, Leonie, 2, Sophie, 3, Timo, 6, and Luca, 8, had been murdered by their mother, who had subsequently thrown herself in front of a train at Dusseldorf central station but survived.
She had sent her eldest son, who survived unscathed, to his grandmother.