German Princess appears in court accused of threatening to kill Muslims and attacking fellow revellers at a posh Scots party

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BAVARIAN royal pleads not guilty to nine charges with rap sheet also claiming that she shouted homophobic abuse and called police officers paedophiles at the exclusive Oktoberfest bash in St Andrews.

Princess Theadora Sayn-Wittgenstein leaves Cupar court with security and her lawyer

A GERMAN princess appeared in court yesterday accused of threatening to kill Muslims and calling police officers paedophiles at a posh Scots bash.

Princess Theodora Sayn-Wittgenstein is also charged with shouting homophobic abuse and attacking fellow revellers and security staff at the exclusive event in St Andrews on Saturday.

The 27-year-old, whose mum is Swedish and whose dad is a German prince, was at the Oktoberfest party at Kinkell Farm with a host of drunken toffs from around the world.

It is one of the highlights of the social calendar with students at the university where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met and fell in love.

Sayn-Wittgenstein, from Bavaria, was arrested at the party and locked in a cell over the weekend before appearing from custody at Cupar Sheriff Court.

Officers hustled her in through a back door with a coat over her head.

It is understood they had to wait until a cell became free because court staff didn’t want her to share with other prisoners due to her background.

The princess’s lawyer, Douglas Williams, told the court his client spoke perfect English but much of what he was saying was going over her head because she was “very upset”.

The German royal looked shellshocked when she appeared before Sheriff Charles MacNair with her eyes red and puffy from crying.


St Andrews University students and friends enjoy the annual charity Oktoberfest at Kinkell Byre

St Andrews University students and friends enjoy the annual charity Oktoberfest at Kinkell Byre


She pled not guilty to nine charges, all related to assault, threatening and abusive behaviour and obstructing police at the Oktoberfest bash.

Sayn-Wittgenstein is accused of assaulting and kicking one fellow guest, racially abusing a second and making a comment about “killing Muslims”, then kicking and trying to headbutt a third.

Other charges include making homophobic and offensive comments to security staff at the event, resisting arrest and accusing police of being paedophiles.

Sayn-Wittgenstein was bailed to an address in central London but will be allowed to return home to Germany. Trial date was set for July at Dundee Sheriff Court.

The St Andrews Charity Oktoberfest draws in hundreds of guests from around the world with tickets raffled off due to huge demand.

An online event page said more than 1400 people wanted to attend this year.

Days before Saturday’s party, one of the organisers wrote on Facebook: “Our band – with which many of you are familiar by now – is preparing its ride up from Bavaria.

“5000 litres of original Paulaner beer as well as a variety of Bavarian foods have already crossed the Border and more than enough Jägermeister awaits you at Kinkell Byre.”

Since the first bash in 2006, Oktoberfest – where guests dress in lederhosen and down tankards of beer – has reached legendary status among students.

Last year’s event raised £21,000 for children with cancer and leukaemia.

Kinkell Byre is a series of converted farm buildings in St Andrews hosting events like concerts, dinner dances and weddings. The website says it can hold up to 550 people in its three function rooms.

Commenting on the alleged incident on Saturday, a spokesman for St Andrews University said: “Oktoberfest was a private party that took place outside St Andrews.

“Neither the university nor St Andrews Students’ Association were involved.”

See also ”German princess denies making ‘killing Muslims’ comment at St Andrews charity event”, The Courier, 10 March 2014

Source 11th March 2014

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