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'Big bully' fined for killer slug attack

TT/Paul O'Mahony · 16 May 2010, 12:35

Published: 16 May 2010 12:35 GMT+02:00

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Alingsås district court said the man had engaged in a form of "adult bullying" when he emptied his sack of slugs. The 59-year-old was ordered to pay almost 15,000 kronor ($2,000) in fines and damages.

The woman whose garden was infested with the destructive Spanish slugs had previously taken out a restraining order against her neighbour, local newspaper Alingsås Tidning reports. The man had taken to following her around and had on one occasion thrown a firecracker into her garden.

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The 59-year-old denied behaving badly towards the woman or throwing anything onto her property. But his testimony was contradicted by witnesses who reported often having seen him hanging around outside the woman's house.

TT/Paul O'Mahony (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:32 May 16, 2010 by eZee.se
Some people have wayyyy too much time on their hands and _really_ need to get a damn hobby.
15:26 May 16, 2010 by Ladybadone
lol @eZee. that is so true. Oh maybe not taking up gardening as a hobby though, lol
15:52 May 16, 2010 by seychelle_18
Maybe this man simply needs attention
16:15 May 16, 2010 by Puffin
I don't know what this Swedish hysteria about slugs is all about? Annoying yes but to get this worked up is crazy - killer slugs LOL
16:30 May 16, 2010 by abaeterno
They could just sluggit out
02:59 May 17, 2010 by Da Goat
What beautiful English,

He emptied his sack of slugs into her garden!

almost a line out of a cheap romance novel.

I think he was restrained from doing it for real so he did it metaphorically!

perhaps they should make love and not war as he simply could not be restrained.


perhaps we could get a picture of the gal in question maybe he has good taste and more of us should be considering emptying sacks of "slugs" in her "garden"!
11:00 May 17, 2010 by foxpur
From the Wiki on Spanish Slugs:" Arion vulgaris is considered among the 100 worst alien species in Europe.... is the worst slug pest in Europe and it has an important economical, ecological, health and social impact"

It's not killer to humans, it's killer to plants, I felt that needed clarified.
15:47 May 17, 2010 by Åskar
And they also don't hesitate to eat each other.
19:11 May 17, 2010 by eZee.se
"is considered among the 100 worst alien species in Europe"..

Umm, I can think of a few "alien species" in Europe that are worse...

no prizes for guessing ;)


Well, that makes things easier, all the woman has to do is wait... till they eat each other and then look for just one very fat one and kill it.

Ah! God/Allah/Deva/The one etc (so as to include everyone and offend none/all) has blessed me with wayyyy to much intelligence :P
04:06 May 18, 2010 by Tezcumpapa
Once these slugs are established...they are next to impossible to eradicate. And, they are prolific, quickly overtaking your garden, your neighbor's garden and spreading outward like a plague; all the while eating your garden down to stems.
10:24 May 18, 2010 by Marley420
THUD!! That was the sound of me falling out of my chair, hitting the floor after laughing so hard...:))
19:03 May 21, 2010 by Stublore
Killer slugs!

I was looking for blurry photo's of the woman defending her home against them!

Very misleading headline :(
00:07 May 23, 2010 by marbund1
Spanish killer slugs? Has anyone spent any time in an English garden in the "Summer". More slugs than you can poke a stick at! The slugs here eat all of our vegtables every year without fail and no sign of a news story. We just import a native animal called a Hedgehog and they eat the vermin. Oh, I forgot, Sweden hands out licences to kill wild animals so I guess thats a non-starter, but thats another story.

Oh, back to the article and metaphorical emptying of bags. I belive that it is a tradition for english schoolboys to put slugs down the back of a girl's dress when they like them. Perhaps this is a universal metaphor, but why slugs...
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