Rash man drops pants in court

11th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — A man dropped his trousers in the magistrates court in the Dutch city of Lelystad on Tuesday to illustrate how he was the victim and not the villain in the case.

11 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — A man dropped his trousers in the magistrates court in the Dutch city of Lelystad on Tuesday to illustrate how he was the victim and not the villain in the case.

A 43-year-old man, identified only as A.B. from Lelystad, appeared before the local magistrate for threatening his girlfriend's ex-partner.

Facing a two-week suspended sentence, the defendant argued that he was the real victim. He claimed his girlfriend's former partner was the one guilty of threatening behaviour.

B. insisted the police had done nothing to protect him from the other man's aggression. The situation had become so serious, the defendant said, he had developed a rash due to the anxiety caused by the threats.

To prove his case, B. stood up from the dock, pulled his trousers to his ankles and pointed to a rash on his legs as he walked towards the magistrate.

"Now, that is really unnecessary," the judge protested. B. did not receive an additional sentence for his unorthodox legal pleading.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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