Crime: Suspected cult leader imprisoned for life for murder

A suspected cult leader has been convicted of murdering a little boy in Hanau 35 years ago.

Crime: Suspected cult leader imprisoned for life for murder

A suspected cult leader has been convicted of murdering a little boy in Hanau 35 years ago. She will receive a life sentence, said the presiding judge on Wednesday when announcing the verdict in the Frankfurt regional court. Four-year-old Jan was the son of cult members and was murdered on August 17, 1988.

The authorities assumed for a long time that it was an accident, but an investigation was only carried out again in 2015. Five years later, the Hanau district court convicted the German of murder. However, the Federal Court of Justice overturned the judgment and referred the case to the regional court in Frankfurt for a new trial. A jury has been hearing cases against the now 76-year-old since last spring.

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