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German man spent decades as 'prisoner' in parents' home

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

 (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

For more than 30 years, a 43-year-old German man was kept as a prisoner in his parent’s house.

Cops say the man -- known only as Markus D. -- has had no contact with the outside world since at least 1984.

“We do not know for certain how long the man [lived] there without any contact with the outside world,” police spokesman Jürgen Stadter told Bild . But police estimate the period could be as long as 30 years, adding cops weren’t sure if the confinement was forced.

His parents -- Erwin, 79, and Waltraud, 76, who kept him in the northern German village of Freienfels, are now being probed for a number of neglect related charges.

Investigators say the man was “neglected” but not “malnourished”. His mother described the police raid freeing him as an “assault.”

She told Reporter24 Markus refused to leave the house starting in the late 1980s because he was being bullied.

“It was more than bullying,” she told the network. “I can’t even repeat the [things they said]. He didn’t go out. Why? Because he had been through so much misery. ‘Go on out,’ I always said. ‘No, I’m not going’ [he’d reply].”

Waltraud added: “He wanted to be with us. We did everything, and he had everything.”