An 18-year-old German woman has been found guilty of faking a neo-Nazi attack after she carved a swastika into her skin.
The girl – named as Rebecca K – claimed that neo-Nazis had carved the swastika into her thigh.
However, doctors who examined her testified that the wound appeared to be self-inflicted. She was 17 – a minor – when she originally reported the alleged attack.
She claimed four men had attacked her last November in the town of Mittweida after she had gone to the aid of an immigrant child.
The irony is in February this year she won a “civic courage” award for allegedly defending the child from the neo-Nazis.
Her story made received wide publicity across Germany at the time, prompting much press speculation about a rise in neo-Nazi violence.
In the ruling on Friday the court in Hainichen, eastern Germany, ordered her to do 40 hours of community service.