Status: 22/09/2023, 04:48 a.m.
By: Andreas Thieme
Manfred Genditzki spent 13 years in prison, but was then acquitted of murder - and compensated by the Free State. With the money he now fulfilled a long-cherished wish.
Munich - He was unjustly imprisoned for 13 years for murder - for which Manfred Genditzki (63) was recently compensated by the Free State. The former caretaker received exactly 368,700 euros - in purely mathematical terms, 75 euros each for 4916 days of imprisonment.
With the money, the former caretaker has now fulfilled a great wish: a new car with which he can go on excursions - including the whole family. "This time is sacred to me," says Genditzki. "I missed my family and children the most behind bars. My wife was pregnant when I was arrested in 2008 - today my daughter is 14 years old. And I had never seen my grandchildren. All of this is now being made up for."
Manfred Genditzki was compensated for 13 years in prison by the Free State of Bavaria
A Hyundai Santa Fe Plugin Hybrid costs around 67,000 euros, which Genditzki has now afforded. He has been free for about a year after his acquittal, and since then he has "mainly worked," says Genditzki. At Lake Tegernsee, he is a driver for the local cheese dairy. "I'm already on my way early in the morning."
Manfred Genditzki was innocently imprisoned © for many years THOMAS PLETTENBERG
There is no time for holidays - because Genditzki needs the money. His time in prison has taken a toll on him and his family financially. In addition to the prison compensation, he now also wants compensation from the Free State for the years in which he could not work and could not pay into the pension. In addition, his lawyer Regina Rick wants to take recourse against the court expert at the time. In total, Genditzki could be entitled to more than one million euros in damages.
After his release from prison, the 63-year-old had actually bought a used Chevrolet, but it recently became a total loss in a hailstorm at Lake Tegernsee. "Those twelve minutes of thunderstorms were fierce," he says. The grains were the size of a fist.
At the appointment at the car dealership on Friday, Genditzki also looked back openly on his time in prison. He already knows electric cars from transports in the laundry - but navigation apps were new to him after his imprisonment. "A wonderful invention. I use it every day," says Genditzki, who was arrested in 2008. "Back then, you could only drive by maps."
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Working behind bars gave him strength and distraction, says Genditzki. "Daily from 5 a.m. to 16 p.m. Ten years in the laundry and four years I was a domestic worker. I got along well with the officials of the Landsberg prison."
And now? In freedom? "I live the same way I used to," says Genditzki. "Why should I change anything? I haven't done anything wrong in life." Gertenschlank, Genditzki talks about the new everyday plans. He wants to go to the gym - with the whole family. "I also trained behind bars. With and without weights." Push-ups, for example. A young prisoner offered him a bet: "He wanted to make 50 pieces. I managed 51. That was my goal. Always one more than him."
The bathtub murder case: Why Genditzki was convicted earlier
In 2010, Genditzki was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Munich II Regional Court because the former caretaker allegedly drowned an 87-year-old woman whom he had previously cared for in a residential complex in Rottach-Egern. According to the conviction of the jury at the time, Genditzki had hit the elderly woman on the head in her apartment after an argument and then drowned her in the bathtub. He has always denied this act - until today. At the beginning of July of this year, Genditzki was completely rehabilitated by the Munich I Regional Court - even the Munich I public prosecutor's office demanded acquittal. That's how the resumption process ended. Genditzki was relieved, but not euphoric, because "the 14 years are gone," he still says today.
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