9-year-old must pay EUR 25,000 fine

25th March 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 March 2004 , KOBLENZ - A court in Germany Wednesday ruled that a 9-year-old boy must pay some EUR 25,000 to cover the costs of extinguishing a barn fire that he started by playing with matches. In handing down the decision, the administrative court in the Rhine Valley city of Koblenz rejected a complaint by the boy's parents, who said local authorities had no right to hold the boy responsible. The incident occurred in the summer of 2002 when the boy set alight a bit of straw that fell from his hand and

25 March 2004

KOBLENZ - A court in Germany Wednesday ruled that a 9-year-old boy must pay some EUR 25,000 to cover the costs of extinguishing a barn fire that he started by playing with matches.

In handing down the decision, the administrative court in the Rhine Valley city of Koblenz rejected a complaint by the boy's parents, who said local authorities had no right to hold the boy responsible.

The incident occurred in the summer of 2002 when the boy set alight a bit of straw that fell from his hand and spawned an inferno which took 83 firefighters hours to extinguish.

The court ruled that an intelligent 9-year-old ought to know better.

 

 

DPA

Subject: German news  

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