"Nobody knows the accused as well as my client [Elisabeth]. I can say what you heard is no confession. Why did he only change his mind yesterday?" she asked, suggesting Fritzl was only seeking a milder sentence.
Elisabeth and her six surviving children, who were between the ages of 5 and 19, when they were released in April last year, have been put under protective custody and psychiatric care for about eight months. They now have new identities and are living in a secret location in Austria.