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Judge fines frog-killer for illegal gun possession

The Local · 12 May 2011, 15:09

Published: 12 May 2011 15:09 GMT+02:00

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The man, named only as Frank H., was fined by the judge in Krefeld after denying killing one frog and seriously injuring another, but admitting owning two guns for which he had no license.

Judge Christian Tenhofen heard that Frank H. and his neighbour Andreas van Straelen had known each other for more than 40 years, during which arguments over the noise that the nocturnal green frogs make in the springtime had escalated.

Frank H. had complained to his neighbour about the noise several times and threatened to "blow them away," the court heard.

Van Straelen had installed a video camera on his house, trained on his neighbour’s window - just in case something happened, he said. Then it did.

“I was looking at the monitor. The window opened and the gun was pointing out, and it went off,” he said. “As I went to photograph him, the camera beeped and he ducked down.”

It was too late for Knötti, his favourite green frog, which, with tragic irony, had never made any noise due to a possible genetic defect.

That night he croaked though, dying of massive head injuries.

A second frog was seriously hurt, one of his back legs blown off.

Van Straelen called the police, but Frank H. told them he had been sleeping.

He had apparently not reckoned on the police checking his house for weapons. They did so, and found two guns for which he had no license.

Van Straelen said he had kept Knötti’s body in the deep freeze for several months, in case it was going to be needed as evidence in court. “Anyone could recognise the bullet entry wound,” he said.

The injured frog was saved, and has been renamed Ahab after the one-legged captain in the novel Moby Dick.

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Van Straelen said he was “a bit disappointed” that the killing of Knötti was not discussed in court. But he was “happy the case had been made public,” he said.

“My aim was to show that it simply isn’t on to shoot protected animals.”


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20:59 May 12, 2011 by DOZ
Motor Oil would have been stealthier.
22:18 May 12, 2011 by brigand
Sounds the like the song: I fought the "frog" and the "frog" won...
06:42 May 13, 2011 by MfromUSA
A very appropriate punishment for Mr. GFrog-killer would be to sentence him to three months of camping out in a State Park in Minnesota or Wisconsin (USA), especially the lake- filled sections of the states. Frog noises, at night, are so loud at this time of year that you literally cannot hear someone speaking, even if you stand shoulder to shoulder. No ear plugs allowed!

Mr. Frog-killer would quickly beg for mercy from the courts. he actually might get so desperate for peace and quiet that he would jump into the lake to drown himself.

Just sayin' it seems like a good thing to give him a sense of perspective.....
13:31 May 13, 2011 by Gretl
Same thing as in Western Washington, home of the constant drizzle and croaking froggies. Springtime it was hard to hear the TV inside with the windows closed, with a catch-basin nearby. The German guy must have really big frogs (Cane toad size?) to have them only dismembered. Still, Mr. Frog-Killer needs to learn some tolerance (e.g., acccepting springtime in Bayern smells like manure) or move.
17:02 May 15, 2011 by FIUMAN
The Bufo Marinas toad we have around here respond really well to a tablespoon of salt. Salt the frogs problem solved.....Oh, and what responsibility to the community does Herr Frog owner have to those who are being driven nuts by frog noises?
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