London, mar 20 (ANI): A furore has erupted after it was revealed that Dungeon dad Josef Fritzl could released from prison in just 14 years.
The 73-year-old engineer, who held his daughter Elisabeth captive as a sex slave in an underground cellar for 24 years, was given life sentence on March 19.
However, soon after the end of the four-day trial, court chiefs admitted that with good behaviour, Fritzl could be free in 2023.
Normally, after just 15 years, a panel of judges would consider him for release.If you work on him serving 15 years then the 11 months he has already served would be taken into account and it would go down to 14 years," the Sun quoted court spokesman Franz Cutka as saying.
Fritzl has confessed to all the charges against him, but under Austrian law, he still has to be found guilty by the jury of four men and four women in St Poelten, Austria.
The sentence passed was the heaviest possible.
Fritzl, who fathered seven children by Elisabeth in the cellar beneath his home, was convicted of all 11 charges relating to murder, slavery, rape, false imprisonment, coercion and incest.
Judge Andrea Humer told Fritzl that he must serve life for killing his two-day-old son Michael, who died due to lack of medical help.
But he was told that he would spend the rest of his days in a secure psychiatric facility, not prison.
Fritzl showed no reaction as Humer added: "You will go to a psychiatric unit for people with abnormality of the mind." (ANI)