Krems' state attorney's office has filed a complaint against the release from prison to regular prison a week ago of Joseph F. Amstetten, who was sentenced to life in prison in the rape case and sent to an institution for the mentally retarded. The file will now go to the Vienna Higher Regional Court (OLG) for a decision, Krems Regional Court spokesman Ferdinand Schuster confirmed a report by ORF NÖ on Thursday.
The 88-year-old's transfer to ordinary prison, which was announced last week by the three-member Senate and is not legally binding, is limited to ten years. In conclusion, Joseph F. Regular psychological and psychiatric examinations should be demonstrated. No representative from the state attorney's office was present at the hearing last Thursday, which was closed to the public but attracted a great deal of media attention. In any event, until a final decision is made, Joseph F.
The case came to light in 2008
15 years ago – on April 27, 2008 – the riot case in Amsteton became known. A then 73-year-old man held his own daughter captive in the basement of his home for 24 years, raped her and fathered seven children with her. He was sentenced to life in prison in March 2009 and sent to an institution for mentally disordered offenders.
Joseph Fritzl changed his name and Stein has been incarcerated ever since. As an enforcement court, the Krems Regional Court regularly checks whether the requirements for employment in the prison system are still being met in accordance with the law. By decision in late March, detention at the Forensic Treatment Center was still deemed necessary. Fritzl's defense contested this. The file has been pending a decision at Vienna's Higher Regional Court since April, a spokeswoman for the regional court said upon request.
The 42-year-old had been locked up since he was 18
The 42-year-old woman has been incarcerated since she was 18 years old before her ordeal came to light. Over the years, Fritz took the three children born in the cellar out of the underground dungeon and passed them off as grandchildren. He raised them with his wife, his daughter, who is said to have gone into hiding, who is said to have ended up in a cult, leaving the young children alone. Their siblings grew up in the basement without seeing daylight until they were released in 2008.
A week before Fritzl arrived at the hospital on April 26, 2008, he was arrested with a 42-year-old man who brought his 19-year-old, critically ill daughter to the hospital at their insistence. The mother, who is believed to be missing, has been called on by the media to come forward as detailed information about the young woman is needed for treatment. The 42-year-old followed the call in the dungeon and pleaded with her father and her tormentors to allow her to go to hospital. He finally agreed.
Global media interest
The case generated a great deal of interest in the world media. The house in the county town of Mostviertel was actually “under siege” and was an attraction for “excursions” for a long time. The hospital where the victims were cared for was shielded from the public and photographers. The 42-year-old and her children remained anonymous. His 73-year-old wife said she noticed nothing and later divorced him.
Fritzl, now 88, was found guilty of all charges at a trial at St Bolton Regional Court in March 2009. The man was also charged with murder for the death of an infant. Other charges include slave-trafficking, rape, deprivation of liberty, severe coercion and sex. The trial was conducted largely behind closed doors and temporarily brought the Lower Austrian capital into the spotlight of international media interest.
The dungeon at Amsteton was filled with concrete. The house that now houses the apartments has been sold.