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Josef Fritzl pleads guilty to incest, rape of daughter
2009-03-17 07:22

Defendant Josef Fritzl covers his face prior to the start of his trial for incest on Monday, March 16, 2009, at the provincial courthouse in St. Poelten, Austria. The trial has started Monday in Austria for Fritzl, accused of imprisoning his daughter for 24 years and fathering her seven children.

Austrian man Josef Fritzl Monday pleaded guilty to incest after he admitted he had imprisoned his daughter in a cellar for 24 years and fathered seven children by her.

However, he denied murdering one of the seven children, who died shortly after being born and whose body he burned in a stove.

The trial began in St Poelten, Austria and drew hundreds of foreign journalists to the provincial court where the defendant arrived holding up a folder to conceal his face.

Defendant Josef Fritzl covers his face prior to the start of his trial for incest on Monday, March 16, 2009, at the provincial courthouse in St. Poelten, Austria.

Fritzl, 73, is charged with six separate crimes, and pleaded guilty to rape, false imprisonment, incest and coercion.

Wearing a mismatched grey suit, Fritzl entered the courtroom flanked by six policemen and holding a blue folder with both hands to prevent photographs of his face.

He remained silent and motionless, ignoring questions from television crews before the judge and eight-person jury -- six men and six women -- entered and cameras were sent out.

Fritzl's lawyer argued that a charge of enslavement was inappropriate and he would contest the gravest charge, murder.

Defendant Josef Fritzl covers his face prior to the start of his trial for incest on Monday, March 16, 2009, at the provincial courthouse in St. Poelten, Austria. The trial has started Monday in Austria for Fritzl, accused of imprisoning his daughter for 24 years and fathering her seven children.

Source:Xinhua