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Prison pair caught milking shop privileges

The two men, identified only as Stephan H., 31 and 24-year-old André S. both had two months added onto their sentences at Dresden prison, in Saxony Bild daily newspaper reported on Saturday.

Prison pair caught milking shop privileges
Photo: DPA

The two men had used a milk crate with a false bottom to raid the prison shop. When approaching the cashier they put what looked like a normal crate of milk cartons on the desk.

But the pair had cut the bottom out so they could load in goodies for free.

During a cell-check, guards found the box and turned it over to find not milk inside, but four packets of coffee worth nearly €22.

Inmates at the prison have a €70 monthly limit on what they can buy from their prison shop, which generally stock items such as cigarettes, toiletries and food.

Stephan H. was serving a 12-year sentence for a number of bank robberies and theft of over €600,000. André was given a five-year stay behind bars for assault, according to Bild.

The Local/jcw

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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. 

READ ALSO: The German road signs that confuse foreigners

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