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Bankrobber granddad spared jail for sick child

The Local · 22 Sep 2012, 10:36

Published: 22 Sep 2012 10:36 GMT+02:00

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The 60-year-old man, who had no previous convictions but significant debts, wore a hat, fake moustache and sunglasses, when he entered a bank in Hiddenhausen, eastern Westphalia, with a loaded nine-millimetre pistol, according to theWestdeutsche Zeitung.

He demanded €50,000 from the only bank employee present at the time – but she was not able to open the safe.

The man then reduced his demand to €10,000 before abandoning his attempt and running off - fearing that the shocked female clerk would call the police. Two days later, he handed himself in, the court in Bielefeld heard.

Presiding judge Georg Zimmerman referred to the crime as "an act of desperation" adding that the motive of helping his granddaughter had been an honourable one. The girl, now eight, was born with a heart defect and had already undergone several operations.

The family's health insurance did not cover some of the treatment that would help alleviate the effect of the disease and surgery, the man's defence lawyer said in a closing statement. The man himself had also been left with €150,000 in debts after a fire at his furniture business the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on its webite.

The defendant was placed on probation for two years. "Go home and look after your family," the judge said.

Both the defence and the prosecution had called for a suspended sentence because the man had stopped the attack after realising he would not be successful.

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Comments on the magazine website were broadly supportive of the man, with complaints levelled at the health insurance system.

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Your comments about this article

12:27 September 22, 2012 by The-ex-pat
So there are levels of honour when you put a loaded gun into some ones face now............And I thought the UK justice system was bad....
12:30 September 22, 2012 by auniquecorn
forced to have, and pay out the aßß for health insurance.

but it only helps when its convenient for them.

gotta love this gov't...
13:05 September 22, 2012 by mono2302
I'm sorry but there's no honour in shoving a loaded pistol into the face of an innocent traumatised bank clerk, who is probably in therapy now to get over the nightmares. This guy, no matter what his motives were, committed a very serious crime, and should have gone to prison. Goddamn liberal judges.
15:44 September 22, 2012 by raandy
Putting a loaded 9mm in a persons face is not honorable. The act by this man is as the judge said an act of desperation.

The real problem is the health care system. There should be somewhere in this Socialist Nation that he could turn to for help.

I think the judge used common sense in his decision not to incarcerate this man.
19:01 September 22, 2012 by IchBinKönig
I have to disagree here...

The ends do not justify the means. Someone could have been killed. It is not grandpa's job to decide who lives and who dies.

Leave it to the staff @ theLoco.de to find this this scene appealing. Guns and vilnece are permissible if there's a bleeding heart liberal storyline involved. Just like violence and intolerance is permissible, as long as Islam is involved. Time for another Neo-Nazi story.
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