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German farmer jailed for drowning wife in liquid manure

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AP  |  Berlin 

A 55-year-old farmer in Germany has been convicted of drowning his wife in liquid manure in 2018, after a court dismissed his claim that she fell into a slurry pit by accident.

German agency dpa reported that the Augsburg regional court on Wednesday sentenced the defendant to 13-and-a-half years in prison for manslaughter.

Judges in the Bavarian city said they had no doubt the 51-year-old woman had fallen victim to a violent crime. The defendant's lawyer said they would appeal.

In a separate case, a court in the southern city of Ellwangen convicted a 48-year-old German man of killing his estranged wife last year by pouring gasoline over her and setting her alight.

Prosecutors said the 45-year-old victim died in a fiery blast.

The defendant was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for murder. In Germany, 123 women were killed by their current or former partners in 2018.

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First Published: Wed, May 20 2020. 20:55 IST