'Monster father' of Austria sentenced to life

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Austria, Mar 20: The jury at St Polten court sentenced Josef Fritzl to life after finding him guilty on all counts like negligent murder, enslavement, incest, rape, coercion and false imprisonment. He will serve his sentence in a psychiatric institution, his lawyer said.

Dungeon Dad Fritzl was sentenced to life in a secure mental unit for locking up and raping his daughter in a cellar over 24 years, fathering seven children with her and causing the death of his own infant son.
Fritzl accepted the verdicts and waived his right to appeal.

"I accept the verdict," the 73-year-old Austrian told the court after Thursday, Mar 19 unanimous decision by the three-man, five-woman jury in a court west of Vienna. The prosecution also approved it, meaning the trial outcome cannot be appealed.

By giving Fritzl a life sentence, the jury ensured he received the maximum punishment for the crimes he committed over more than two decades.

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