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Neighbourhood feud ends in bloody weed-whacker attack

The Local · 10 Jun 2010, 15:44

Published: 10 Jun 2010 15:44 GMT+02:00

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The pair had been bickering over a small strip of lawn near their homes in the small community of Grasellenbach just south of Darmstadt, according to the authorities.

When one man decided to trim his grass with a weed whacker on Wednesday afternoon, his neighbour was apparently disturbed by the noise.

This prompted the 66-year-old to pour a bucket of water over his 63-year-old nemesis, the police said.

“Unwilling to tolerate this outrage, the drenched man took to drastic measures,” the statement said. “Armed with his strimmer the 63-year-old attacked the other

Grasellenbach resident and caused multiple injuries below the waist – some of which were severe.”

The wife of the victim managed to break up the fight until police arrived and arrested the weed-whacker-wielding neighbour.

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The injured man was transported via helicopter to a Ludwigshafen hospital with multiple flesh wounds and severe damage to his knees, the police report said.

His neighbour is now under investigation for attempted homicide.

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19:04 June 10, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
"Get off my lawn!" completely redefined.
22:49 June 10, 2010 by 9900lawre
Just goes to show that the old bi-law of silent hours (1-3) during a working day is out dated and causes more problems than pease as intended.
23:26 June 10, 2010 by pepsionice
This quiet hours thing goes back to the 1950s I think.

When my wife was responsible for the family backyard....sixty minutes away.....I had to constantly time the trip up and the mowing around this quiet period. This ruined various afternoons for me....waiting.

I think it's a total waste and better off to mandate quiet hours after 8PM.
00:10 June 11, 2010 by The-ex-pat
22:49 June 10, 2010 by 9900lawre

Just goes to show that the old bi-law of silent hours (1-3) during a working day is out dated and causes more problems than pease as intended.

Quiet hours 1pm until 3pm for garden work was repealed about 5 years ago. You can cut your grass any time you want to, providing it is not a bank holiday or Sunday.
02:26 June 11, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Is there a law for EVERYTHING in this goddamned country?
08:47 June 11, 2010 by twisted
@ Prufrock2010 - No....not yet...so far the air you breath is regulated only regarding the carbon and other pollutants that it contains...it however, is not yet taxed, but I am sure that is coming at some point.
10:46 June 12, 2010 by claudegaveau
I wonder why one of them didn't claim the strip of lawn by putting a towel down onto it in typical German tradition as used on the beaches. There will always be disputes with Germans regarding territory.

As Churchill said "we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender".
01:22 June 13, 2010 by beeker
If the picture is correct, at least he used a domestic weed whacker and not a cheap Chinese import.
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