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Fritzl jury shown daughter statement.

Summary: The jury in the trial of Josef Fritzl has watched a "very stressful" video statement made by his daughter.

The jury in the trial of Josef Fritzl has watched a "very stressful" video statement made by his daughter.

The Austrian, who fathered seven children with his daughter Elisabeth, locked them in a cellar for 24 years.

Fritzl, 73, has pleaded guilty to incest with his daughter but denies murdering their newborn son and enslaving her in the windowless purpose-built cellar under his home where she was kept captive. He also pleaded "partially guilty" to rape.

The eight-person jury will finish watching the 11-hour video statement from Elisabeth, now 42, later in which she describes how she spent her life underground.

Court spokesman, Franz Cutka, said: "The (recording) took some days and was indeed a very stressful experience for the victim."

Jurors in the so-far largely closed-door trial have been offered counselling, he said.

A video of one of Elisabeth's brothers was also played.

Mr Cutka said: "(Fritzl) watched the video recordings with great attention and care."

He added that the verdict should be read one day earlier than expected, on Thursday.

The retired engineer faces life in prison if he is found responsible for the death of a twin through neglect. The boy died shortly after being born in the cellar in 1996.

Prosecutors said Fritzl repeatedly raped his daughter in front of the children marooned underground, using her as if she was his own property.

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