District Court Miesbach © Thomas Plettenberg
His insight benefited a 20-year-old Wiesseer, who had brought his activities in a chat group to the dock of the Miesbach district court.
Miesbach/Bad Wiessee – Racist and right-wing extremist content circulated in the Whatsapp group. Between 2020 and 2022, the defendant had participated in the exchange, had sent corresponding pictures – including a swastika, a man giving the Hitler salute. Representatives of the Nazi regime in uniform, as well as people of color and Jews in degrading situations. All depictions were provided with cynical captions.
He was added to the group at the time, the 20-year-old explained: "There were always some disgusting things sent around as spam to everyone." In this way, corresponding content also reached his mobile phone. He himself also "just sent something in" without worrying about the background.
The man had already come into conflict with the law three times, once because of the use of unconstitutional symbols, recalled Judge Klaus-Jürgen Schmid, who had imposed three consultations and the payment of a sum of money to the White Ring. The crime now charged was before the talks, Schmid explained. "Are you smarter today?" he asked the 20-year-old, who answered in the affirmative. The consultation had made him aware of "how terrible the things that happened at that time were". His behavior was "stupid," he admitted, and asserted: "I don't want to have anything to do with any more of this."
Did an "aftermath" of the former attitude
The defendant had changed the circle of friends and concluded with appropriate activities, confirmed the representative of the juvenile court assistance. His life situation is stable, no abnormalities are recognizable. The act was to be regarded as maladaptive behaviour typical of young people and was motivated by group dynamics. The prosecutor suggested that the 20-year-old be ordered to visit the former Dachau concentration camp, an option that is not currently on offer, as the representative of the juvenile court assistance explained. The young man had admitted the crime, it had probably been a difficult phase of life, in which he had sought confirmation in the chat group, stated the representative of the prosecution in her plea. Nevertheless, "a lot" of such footage had circulated over a long period of time, suggesting further contacts in the chat. Nevertheless, one could take away the defendant's remorse. A fine is appropriate in view of the previous relevant offence.
The judge saw it the same way. The Wiesseer has to pay 300 euros to the Federation of the Blind. The consultations had probably been fruitful, said Schmid. The act was to be regarded as an "aftermath" of an attitude from which the defendant had credibly distanced himself. Stg
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