Patrick Stuebing


Patrick Stuebing

Patrick Stuebing is a man living in Leipzig, Germany, who has recently been the centre of a heated debate around incest, due to his relationship with his biological sister, Susan Karolewski, since 2001. The relationship has so far spawned four children of whom only one, Sofia, remains with the couple.

Patrick, an unemployed locksmith, was adopted and, as a child, lived in Potsdam. He did not meet his mother and biological family until he was 23. Today he and Susan share a small flat in an east German tower block on the outskirts of Leipzig.

Incest is a criminal offence in Germany. Patrick Stuebing has already served a two-year sentence for committing incest and there is another jail term looming if paragraph 173 of the legal code is not overturned. Under Germany's criminal code, which dates back to 1871, it is a crime for close relatives to have sex, punishable by up to three years in prison: disabilities caused by inbreeding are viewed as deliberately inflicted bodily injury to the child. The couple's lawyer has argued that the law is "out of date" and "breaches the couple's civil rights".

In 2004, Patrick voluntarily underwent a vasectomy.

The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany upheld, on March 13 2008, a law that makes incest a criminal offense, rejecting the appeal by Stuebing.

References

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6424937.stm Couple stand by forbidden love ] at BBC.co Wednesday, 7 March 2007
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6379785.stm Incestuous German pair fight case] at BBC.co Tuesday, 20 February 2007
* [http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,540831,00.html DANGEROUS LOVE German High Court Takes a Look at Incest March 11, 2008
* [http://investigation.discovery.com/blogs/criminal-report/mar18/mar18.html Siblings Who Have Four Children Together Lose Incest Appeal ] at Investigation.discovery.com Tuesday, 18 March 2008
* [http://www.patrick-stuebing.de Petition to spare Patrick Stuebing another jail sentence 19 March 2008


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