Status: 28.11.2023, 21:00 PM
In front of the Weilheim district court, a 20-year-old Peitinger had to answer for various offenses. © David-Wolfgang Ebener/dpa
Armed trafficking in narcotics, forgery of documents and driving without a license: A 20-year-old is facing many accusations - and has not even complied with the court requirements of his last conviction.
Peiting – He will "plead guilty," said a 20-year-old Peitinger, after his defense attorney had initially initiated a legal discussion that was subsequently to significantly shorten the trial at the Weilheim district court. His "weed consumption" had existed since he was 13 years old, the defendant stated. Today, however, he would only resort to the illegal drug in emergencies, when his mental state required it. At the time of last year's crimes, he had also taken amphetamines at times, he added.
During a check at Munich Airport last year, in addition to several cannabidiol products (CBD), which the young man claims to have received from Austria, forged vaccination documents were found, police said. According to the investigators, the fact that the Corona vaccinations entered by stamp had never taken place was "a fairly safe bet".
Mental health problems "depressed with drugs"?
According to the police, the Peitinger had purchased the stamps on the Internet and "carried out the entries himself". Another police officer stated that he had subjected the defendant to a traffic stop last year. As soon as he approached his vehicle, the patrol was met with a "real gush" of marijuana smell, he said.
To the surprise of the officers, however, the young man had been extremely cooperative at the time and had told the policemen, who had already noticed the first marijuana products when looking into the car, that there would be even more intoxicating substances hidden in his car.
It didn't take long for a "packing" of the ominous plant to be found. Some cash, a fine scale and a cutter knife had also gone to the evidence.
As the officer continued, the defendant had also been caught driving without a license. Due to previous offences, his driving licence had been temporarily revoked.
On the part of the juvenile court assistance, it was heard during the trial that the accused had "never been able to bring real consistency" into his everyday life. She would see "a lot of construction sites" and "harmful tendencies" in the Peitinger. The defendant himself confirmed these assumptions and told the court about his psychological problems, which, as the representative of the juvenile court assistance suspected, had often been "suppressed with drugs".
Court of Aldermen imposes two weeks of permanent detention
The prosecutor noted that the 20-year-old had so far "completely ignored" the instruction of 32 hours of community service received as part of his last conviction. "Maybe a misunderstanding," she added. Nevertheless: "This makes a bad impression," regretted juvenile judge Franziska Braun.
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However, the adolescent, "almost like a cry for help," as the defense attorney noted, showed some willingness to undergo inpatient therapy.
In addition to a suspended juvenile sentence of one year and six months, the verdict of the Court of Aldermen also included two weeks of permanent detention, the order for inpatient treatment and a one-month withdrawal of his driver's license.
A "warning shot arrest" was necessary, also to give the Peitinger's everyday life a little more structure. He should now finally "get his life under control", it was said. The young man can count himself lucky to have been convicted under the juvenile criminal law. As an adult, he would have faced a much higher sentence – "in Munich before the large criminal chamber," the judge emphasized emphatically.
By Florian Zerhoch
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