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Rapper fined for threatening to beat disabled woman with her crutches

Berlin rapper Sido reached a €14,000 settlement in a district court on Monday after being accused of defamation, intimidation, and attempted battery due to an August 2007 incident during which he threatened to beat a disabled elderly woman with her crutches.

Rapper fined for threatening to beat disabled woman with her crutches
Sido pictured in 2005. Photo: DPA

The 28-year-old, whose stage name Sido is an abbreviation of super-intelligentes Drogenopfer, or “super intelligent drug victim,” allegedly had a long-running disagreement with a woman over a parking place at the Friedrichshain district location. The woman’s boyfriend, a customer at a cafe in front of the parking spot, became involved.

“There was an argument,” Sido told the court. “But here it has been significantly exaggerated.”

During the altercation, the rapper, whose given name is Paul Würdig, allegedly threatened to stab the man and told his disabled mother, who was also at the scene, that he would beat her with her crutches.

During Monday’s court proceedings, Sido admitted to the “sentence with the crutches,” adding: “That sounds a lot like me.”

He then apparently threw stones in her direction, though she was not hit.

Sido explained to the court that he threw a “handful of pebbles” into the cafe out of “frustration,” but that this had nothing to do with the elderly woman.

The court said that allegations of battery could not be proved based on witness reports, and agreed to allow Sido to pay the 69-year-old woman €2,000, and another €12,000 to two charitable organisations.

Sido has released three solo albums since 2004 and is known for wearing a silver skull mask similar to that of American rapper Ghostface Killah.

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Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

A driver in Passau has been hit with a €5,000 fine because he was caught by traffic police giving the middle finger.

Driver in Bavaria gets €5,000 fine for giving the finger to speed camera

The district court of Passau sentenced the 53-year-old motorist to the fine after he was caught making the rude gesture in the direction of the speedometer last August on the A3 near the Donautal Ost service area, reported German media. 

The man was not caught speeding, however. According to traffic police who were in the speed camera vehicle at the time, another driver who had overtaken the 53-year-old was over the speed limit. 

When analysing the photo, the officers discovered the slower driver’s middle finger gesture and filed a criminal complaint.

The driver initially filed an objection against a penalty order, and the case dragged on for several months. However, he then accepted the complaint. He was sentenced to 50 ‘unit fines’ of €100 on two counts of insulting behaviour, amounting to €5,000.

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In a letter to police, the man said he regretted the incident and apologised. 

Police said it was “not a petty offence”, and that the sentence could have been “even more drastic”.

People who give insults while driving can face a prison sentences of up to a year.

“Depending on the nature and manner of the incident or in the case of persons with a previous conviction, even a custodial sentence without parole may be considered for an insult,” police in Passau said. 

What does the law say?

Showing the middle finger to another road user in road traffic is an offence in Germany under Section 185 of the Criminal Code (StGB). It’s punishable by a prison sentence of up to one year or a fine.

People can file a complaint if someone shows them the middle finger in road traffic, but it usually only has a chance of success if witnesses can prove that it happened.

As well as the middle finger, it can also be an offence to verbally insult someone. 

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