German boy killed by falling 'Red Indian' statue

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31 Julz 2006, HAMELN, GERMANY - A German restaurant owner was handed a suspended eight-month jail term Monday for keeping a wooden Red Indian outside his eatery: it fell on and killed a 3-year-old boy. While the owner said he had stored the life-sized statue indoors overnight and placed it on the street daily for years without incident, a judge who examined the 50-kilo figure in court said it was definitely wobbly. The child shoved the Indian last August on a street in Hameln, northern Germany and it fell

 31 Julz 2006

HAMELN, GERMANY - A German restaurant owner was handed a suspended eight-month jail term Monday for keeping a wooden Red Indian outside his eatery: it fell on and killed a 3-year-old boy.

While the owner said he had stored the life-sized statue indoors overnight and placed it on the street daily for years without incident, a judge who examined the 50-kilo figure in court said it was definitely wobbly.

The child shoved the Indian last August on a street in Hameln, northern Germany and it fell over. The boy died a day later of head injuries. The owner, who shut down the business after the death, was convicted of negligent homicide. His lawyers are to appeal.

Many Germans are fascinated by cowboy-and-Indian stories and see no offence to Native Americans in exhibiting the feather-headdress statues, which were common in the United States in the early 20th century.

DPA

Subject: German news

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