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Austrian father takes to the stand

Joseph Fritzl, who was accused of raping his daughter and keeping her captive for 24...

Josef Fritzl in an Austrian court where he is on trial for incest. Picture: Gallo Images/Getty Images

Joseph Fritzl, who was accused of raping his daughter and keeping her captive for 24 years, has arrived in court, hiding his face behind a blue folder.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

The 73-year-old Austrian pleaded guilty to incest and raping his daughter but denied enslavement and murder.

Sky News’ Greg Milam, who was at court, said much was made of the blue folder in Monday’s news conference.

“It was made very clear in that news conference that he decided himself to bring documents of his own. It is his own folder and he can do what he wants with it. He is allowed to bring personal items into the court so that’s obviously what he has chosen to do again, deciding not to show the world his face,” he said.

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