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Prison for Swiss speeder who drove over policeman’s foot

A 25-year-old driver who was caught speeding without a driving licence was convicted of multiple traffic offences by a Swiss court on Wednesday.

Prison for Swiss speeder who drove over policeman’s foot
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The incident dates from 2013 when the Swiss man, who did not have a driving licence, drove at 180km/hr on the A2 motorway between Augst and Sursee in the canton of Lucerne with several police vehicles on his tail, reported news agency ATS.
 
In speeding away from police he ran over one officer’s foot. 
 
In the ensuring chase, one police car was involved in an accident.
 
On Wednesday Lucerne’s criminal court convicted the man to two and a half years in prison, of which he must serve one year. 
 
The defendant, from the canton of Zurich, drove himself to the hearing in late July despite still not having a licence.
 
His car was also found to have stolen licence plates, police said at the time, for which he was rearrested after the hearing.
 
His car was seized by police.
 

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CRIME

Switzerland jails 84-year-old bank robber

Swiss authorities have sent an 84-year-old bank robber to prison. The man, who robbed the same bank twice, had hoped his age would see him avoid sentencing.

Switzerland jails 84-year-old bank robber

A court in the Swiss canton of Lucerne has jailed an 84-year-old man for two years and four months for two bank robberies stretching back across the past decade. 

The man, named in Swiss media as Willi P, has been given a partially suspended sentence and will only need to serve six months. 

The man robbed a bank in Meggen in 2012 and in 2017, stealing around CHF13,000 in total. 

He threatened the bank’s employees with a folding pocket knife placed inside a plastic bag to look like a gun. 

The man avoided jail in 2021 when the case was brought to court, with the judges saying he was too old. 

This time, the cantonal court disagreed. 

“According to the case law of the federal court, even a relatively old age does not in principle justify a particular sensitivity to punishment, which must be taken into account to reduce the sentence,” the court said. 

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Willi P was remorseful, telling the media he was “heartbroken” by what he had done, telling the press his wife had no idea about the robberies. 

“I’m really sorry for everything and felt heartbroken. Afterwards I said to myself: Hey, you are stupid! Why do you still have to do something like this at this age?”

The man pleaded with the court not to sentence him, saying “I’ve been punished enough with my poor health. I am sorry.”

While the court noted that due to the man’s advanced age he may die in jail, this was not enough of an exceptional circumstance to prevent the sentence. 

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