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Busker bashes passenger with trumpet

A passenger on the Berlin underground was assaulted with a brass instrument after his friend told a busking trio to be quiet on Wednesday - he ended up a few teeth short.

Busker bashes passenger with trumpet
Photo: DPA

Three musicians reportedly beat up two passengers on the city’s U2 line shortly after 5pm, after one complained about the music being played by the brass and percussion ensemble, Der Tagesspiegel reported on Thursday.

After a brief argument, two of the musicians suddenly attacked the 45-year-old. When his 37-year-old friend went to defend him, the third musician hit the intervening man in the face with his trumpet.

He suffered a cut to the mouth and lost several teeth and had to be treated in hospital, while his 45-year-old friend escaped injury.

The belligerent musical trio made their escape at the next station, but police officers who had been called to the scene stopped them on a nearby street and arrested them.

The musicians are reported to be aged 20, 24 and 32, and have no fixed address in Berlin. They are to face charges of aggravated battery. The trumpet, which was broken during the incident, was confiscated as evidence.

The Local/bk

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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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