His lawyer, Rudolf Mayer, said Fritzl would not appeal against the charge sheet -- an option under Austrian law. Three of Elisabeth's children were raised by Fritzl and his wife Rosemarie in their home after he pretended that his 'runaway' daughter had left them on his doorstep with a letter saying she could not care for them. In September Fritzl visited the cellar under police guard on the request of his lawyer in order to examine the locks. Fritzl, who has been in investigative custody since the case was exposed in April, kept daughter Elisabeth in a soundproofed basement under his house in the central town of Amstetten. Mayer told Reuters that the trial would start in the next two or so months. According to the police, Fritzl lured his daughter into the basement in , drugged her and locked her up. The prosecutors also said he had threatened to kill his daughter and their imprisoned children by gassing them or through an explosion if they tried to escape.
Harmoni. Age: 26.
According to the police, Fritzl lured his daughter into the basement in , drugged her and locked her up.
Lilliana. Age: 26.
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The prosecutors said he forced Elisabeth 'into slave-like conditions A psychiatric report commissioned by justice authorities last month declared Fritzl to be mentally fit for a trial, which is expected to begin before a jury early next year. He claimed she had disappeared to join a sect. He does not need to enter a plea immediately.