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Dad, 88, fined for hitting son, 65, with broom
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Dad, 88, fined for hitting son, 65, with broom

Published: 17 Sep 2012 16:58 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Sep 2012 16:58 GMT+02:00

An 88-year-old pensioner has accepted a fine of €2,000 for hitting his son - also a pensioner - with a broom. The judge told the pair, "I'd be ashamed of coming to court with this nonsense."

The court in the Bavarian town of Fürstenfeldbruck had fined the man for attempted criminal assault last December. But the 88-year-old filed an appeal against the verdict, which was heard on Monday, the Münchner Merkur newspaper reported.

He vehemently denied the charge, though he admitted to pushing his son with the broom in self-defence - because, he said, his son had tried to strangle him.

The two men shared a house in the village of Maisach, the father living downstairs with his wife, while the son lived with his own wife in a flat above. The two couples quarrelled almost all the time, the court heard.

Judge Michaela Welnhofer twice had to shout "Hallo!" in the courtroom to stop the men arguing with each other and listen to her.

The father had reportedly already cancelled his son's rental contract, but the 65-year-old had refused to move out, because he did not want to leave his mother, who needed care.

The 88-year-old finally withdrew the appeal and decided to pay the fine.

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Your comments about this article

17:43 September 17, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Good choice of picture. This really does sound like a scene from Steptoe and Son.
20:26 September 17, 2012 by joysonabraham
These kind of cases shall be encouraged. Better than the petitioner resorting to some other kind of revenge. hmm but Who know whether the guy who paid will try to take revenge some other way.
08:21 September 18, 2012 by freechoice
spare the rod and spoil the child. and i think this discipline is a little way too late.
10:55 September 18, 2012 by aruntutu
In a world where parents have to terminate a legal contract with their sons who live with them, i mean.... FAMILY... The world is indeed doomed!!
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