In German, a cruel woman was convicted of killing eight of her newborn babies who were born and died between 1988 and 1998. She buried the bodies in a fish tank and flowerpots which were found in her parents’ garden in a village in east Germany, near the Polish border.

The 42-year-old jobless woman Sabine Hilschenz, was also suspected of killing her ninth child.

The eight bodies were discovered when a neighbour of her parents found human bones while clearing up the garden.

Sabine Hilschenz said at a hearing this year that she had drunk large quantities of alcohol each time she went into labour, and did not know if the babies had been born dead or alive.

Hilschenz had originally been charged with murder but the court reduced to manslaughter and she was sentenced to 15 years in prison, which is the maximum jail term the court could give. But her defense attorney had asked for a revised sentence of less than 10 years in prison.