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Dad faces poaching charge for fake fishing

Published: 29 May 2012 15:42 GMT+02:00

Alexander Donninger was on holiday in Austria with his family when he decided on the trick to make his kids think he was a top fisherman, newspaper Die Welt reported on Tuesday.

He went to a supermarket in the Kufstein district and bought two frozen trout – already gutted and ready to cook - not anticipating how tangled his lines were about to become.

Once back at the lake where he and his kids were “fishing” he tied them to the end of lines and dangled them in the lake until they were thawed enough to appear freshly-caught.

He might have been the hero of the family holiday were it not for a passer-by who reported him to the local authorities for poaching.

Although Donninger had a fishing license, he did not have permission to catch anything from the lake he was standing by when he “caught” the trout, the newspaper said.

Not only did he suffer the humiliation of admitting in front of his children that he had had lied about his fishing prowess – the authorities assumed he was telling tall tales to wriggle off the hook.

Now the case is set to be heard by the Kufstein local court, which will meet as soon as the passer-by returns from his own holiday. Donninger could face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to 360 days of earnings, Die Welt said.

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17:05 May 29, 2012 by Grebo
I hope he kept his receipts!
17:23 May 29, 2012 by gkh50
Crap lawyer and below par educated Police. Thought I was back home in the UK.. if it was not so stupid it would be a Benny Hill sketch.
17:45 May 29, 2012 by Bigfoot76
"Seems to me that the German cops ought to use some common sense." Why?

"Alexander Donninger was on holiday in Austria with his family"

Austrian "cops" seem to be the ones to criticize here.
17:51 May 29, 2012 by raandy
If your German or a long time resident you should know someone is going to complain and call the police.

The police are the first step in any criminal justice system, they only enforce the laws they do not determine guilt or innocences,that is up to the courts.

The Guy should have thought this through a little better or more bluntly, should have know better.
18:53 May 29, 2012 by Englishted
@Chango Mutney

The passer-by did the right thing see how many rivers and lakes are being emptied by people without the permits in the U.K. maybe if the people who saw it reported it, it might be stopped.

The Austria police are the problem I hope it gets thrown out and they get a bit of taking down.

@raandy

Very true.
18:57 May 29, 2012 by Karl_Berlin
Seriously, lock him up and throw away the key. Heinous crime deserves maximum punishment. Seriously? Only six months? Nothing short of ten years is the minimum for this.
22:04 May 29, 2012 by DOZ
So Poaching is illegal! What about Frying, or Pickling?
00:38 May 30, 2012 by wood artist
I think the best they can do...assuming the facts are accurate as presented herein...is charge him with littering...for throwing dead fish into the water. Beyond that, where's the evidence of an actual crime? And...where's the evidence of intent? They might, however, be able to charge him with Misdemeanor Stupid. Usually, being a misdemeanor, that doesn't include jail time, unlike the greater charge of Felony Dumb.

wa
01:35 May 30, 2012 by flareback
I don't understand something. Maybe it's just different than the U.S. So he had a fishing license, but not a permit for the lake? So you need two permits to fish? One that's a license for fishing and one for the lake you're fishing in?
10:29 May 30, 2012 by zmoke
Following this logic:

I'm eating beef steak beside cattle farm. Police comes and accuses me that I have killed a cow and now I'm eating it. No expalnation heard. Police can accuse that you have destroyed guts and rest of the cow and now your just eating it. What to do?

Sounds bit Kafka style for me...

Bavaria and Austria would nicely fit together, both of them share same logic...
19:59 May 31, 2012 by Englishted
@flareback

Yep.
15:08 June 1, 2012 by Bruno53
Is this SERIOUS? You Germans and your cousins Austrians really take things too "seriously"!!!!! In most of the world this would have been ignored.
07:37 June 2, 2012 by zeddriver
And just how did the passerby detirmine that the fisherman had no permit? Sounds like the passerby saw a nice fish and it wasn't on "his" line and called the cops to create a bad day for someone he was invious of. I think it was just pure coincidence that the passerby ended up being correct about the guy not having a permit.
14:46 June 3, 2012 by BorninDachau
Ahh, my German and Austrian cousins. Sometimes I wonder that you may be to strict! But, in Tennessee, at certain lakes you do have to have what is called a Trout stamp in addition to your regular fishing license. If you do not, you can be fined. But, I saw in the article that you can get 6 months in jail or pay a fine of one years salary, jeepers! In Tennessee you would get a 200 dollar fine and lose your license for a year, maybe.
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