Patrick Stuebing, as an adopted child, had lived in Potsdam. At age 23, with a friend he travelled in the year 2000 to Leipzig to establish contact with his biological family.
For the first time he met his sister Susan Karolewski, 22, and so with the rest of the family. Susan didn’t know that she had a brother so was surprised upon seeing him.
Patrick reasoned out that their family was torned apart while they were still young and the past event had brought him and Susan closer together, especially after the death of their mother.
Patrick and Susan admitted they feel in love. Now they have lived as husband and wife for the past 6 years and have produced 4 children.
Susan has no guilt feelings about their relationship. She said she wants a law passed that will permit marriage among siblings and relatives. She wants the authorities and the courts to leave them alone
3 of their kids have been placed in foster care by the authorities, to which Susan lamented that they have taken so much away from them.
Their little daughter Sofia is the only child left to live with them in a small flat in east German tower block on the outskirts of Liepzig.
Incest is a criminal offence in Germany. Patrick Stuebing has already served a 2-year sentence for committing incest.
The couple's lawyer, Endrik Wilhelm, has lodged an appeal with Germany's federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, in order to overturn the country's ban on incest
Under Germany's law, it is a crime for close relatives to have sex and it's punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
Possibly by advise of his lawyer, Patrick voluntarily underwent a vasectomy.
It’s legal for the couple to live together, and to share a bed. But they are breaking the law once they have sex. If there are no more children, then who will be able to prove that they are a couple?, asked their lawyer.