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Suspended jail term for father of boy who killed 15 in German school massacre

Published on Feb 1, 2013 9:08 PM
 
In this picture dated March 12, 2009, a resident lights a candle at an improvised shrine in front of the Albertville secondary school in Winnenden, southern Germany where a teenager went on the rampage, shooting 15 dead before turning the gun on himself. A German court handed down an 18-month suspended sentence to his father on Friday, Feb 1, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - A German court on Friday handed down an 18-month suspended sentence to the father of a 17-year-old boy who went on a rampage at his former school, shooting 15 dead before turning the gun on himself.

The court in the south-western city of Stuttgart found Joerg Kretschmer, a 54-year-old businessman, guilty of manslaughter and of breaking gun laws.

His son Tim, 17, was able to take his father's 9mm Beretta pistol in March 2009 and use it in his killing spree in the southern German town of Winnenden.

Fearing a break-in, Kretschmer kept his gun by the bedside, rather than locking it away, a mistake that cost the lives of nine of Tim's fellow students, three teachers and three others.

 
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