The middle class backgrounds of murdered German schoolgirl Luise Frisch’s killers can be revealed by MailOnline.
Luise, 12, was found stabbed multiple times in secluded woodland in a crime that has shocked Germany after it emerged her attackers were a similar age.
Initially, two girls aged 12 and 13 had denied any involvement but the pair eventually confessed after police found contradictions in their stories.
All three girls were in the same class at the Esther Bejarano secondary school in Freudenberg near Cologne and in another shocking twist were described as ‘best friends’.
Because of the ages of those involved, police and prosecutors have released few details and possible motives circulating include a TikTok falling out, rivalry over a boy and revenge after Luise claimed she was being bullied at school.
Luise Frisch’s body was found in a wooded area near the town of Freudenberg, in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia
A 13-year-old classmate (pictured) and another girl, 12, have confessed to the killing that has shocked Germany, given the girls’ ages
Both suspects – who come from middle-class backgrounds – and their families, have been relocated by authorities and they will not face trial as they are below the age of criminal responsibility in Germany, which is 14.
The 12-year-old suspect’s father works in a local bank and is the treasurer of the village band where he plays the bugle.
The family live in a large two-storey house on the outskirts of Freudenberg, and it was there Luise had spent the night before she was murdered following a sleepover there.
The girl lived there with her parents, grandfather and two siblings and neighbours have been left shocked by the tragic events.
A note on the door asked the media to keep away and a police car made regular sweeps past the house.
One man, who runs a nearby café, told MailOnline: ‘We used to see [the 13-year-old girl] nearly every day. She was like any other girl of her age, sweet and innocent or so we thought.
Luise’s body was found on March 12 – a day after she was reported missing by her worried parents
Flowers and candles placed close to the scene of where Luise’s body was discovered last week
‘She would come into the café quite regularly because she would get food for herself and her grandfather as her parents were working.
‘It’s the age of everyone who is involved that has left everyone shocked. They are all just children. Who knows what possessed them to do what they did, to stab someone more than 30 times is horrible.’
The other girl, 13, lived with her parents a few minutes drive away. Her father is said to be a fireman and is thought to have taken part in the search for Luise after she was reported missing on March 11.
Neighbours there were left bewildered by the murder, with one saying:’ It’s just so difficult to understand. They are all just children. We haven’t seen the family for days and we don’t know if they will return.’
Although neither girl faces a criminal trial, it has emerged that they could be forced to pay compensation to Luise’s heartbroken family as civil law kicks in at seven years old ‘if they knew they were doing something harmful’.
Damages would be set in a civil court and they would have to begin repayments as soon as they get jobs and it could last as long as 30 years.
Both suspects have also been given psychiatric counselling as have their families and they may also have to be given new identities.
Germany’s law on criminal responsibility was passed in 1923 under the Old Weimar republic but following the murder there have been calls for it to be reviewed.
Opposition Christian Democrat Unionist MP and lawyer Gunter Krings told MailOnline: ‘We need to take a look at the age for criminal responsibility in Germany as a matter of urgency.
‘There has to be a proper debate and we are calling for the ruling government to look into as soon as possible. There must be an urgent study, the law as it stands is currently 100 years old.
‘Children have developed quickly in the past few decades, and they are mature now than they were 50 years ago, let alone 100 years ago.
‘This crime is particularly shocking given the age of the victim and the age of the suspects and children of 12 or 13 years old are mature enough to know that they should not kill.’
But German’s justice minister Marco Buschmann told popular daily Bild:’ Such serious crimes cannot remain without consequences. Any debate about adjustments to criminal law should be conducted with a cool head.
‘Children are the age of 14 are not prosecuted. However, our legal system already has the means to react to serious acts of violence by children under the age of 14.’
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