German who fatally squashed wife has jail term overturned

19th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

The court in Hildesheim near Hanover decided the 52-year-old man, who weighs more than 130 kilos, was guilty of causing bodily injuries by negligence and issued him with a warning.

Berlin -- A German appeals court overturned Monday a five-year jail sentence for an obese bus driver who fatally squashed his wife by falling on her during a row.

The court in Hildesheim near Hanover decided the 52-year-old man, who weighs more than 20 stone (130 kilos, 280 pounds), was guilty of causing bodily injuries by negligence and issued him with a warning.

However the court ruled it was his dead wife who was most responsible for her own death because she failed to go and see a doctor even when she coughed up blood for several days.

The couple had an argument over music in April 2006 during which the woman poured beer over her husband's laptop computer. In the ensuing scuffle the man toppled and fell on her.

Six weeks later the 46-year-old woman, who was less than half her husband's weight, died from chest injuries and an autopsy found she had 18 broken ribs and several litres (pints) of fluid in one of her lungs.

An earlier trial had sentenced the man to five years in prison.

AFP/Expatica

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