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Swede fined for drunken pine tree massacre

TT/The Local/dl · 23 Dec 2011, 08:03

Published: 23 Dec 2011 08:03 GMT+01:00

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The man was visiting a friend on the island's northwestern coast last summer when, in the midst of a night of drink-soaked revelry, the friend told of a dispute he was having with his neighbour.

The 46-year-old learned that the woman living next door to his friend had rebuffed repeated requests to remove several pine trees on her property.

The friend wanted the trees cut down so he could have a better view, the local Gotlands Allehanda newspaper reported.

Later that night, bolstered by a healthy dose of liquid courage, the 46-year-old visitor stormed over to the neighbour's yard brandishing a handsaw and proceeded to cut down three pine trees and damage three others.

On Thursday, the 46-year-old man was convicted of aggravated vandalism for the pine tree “massacre”, which he referred to as a “drunken prank”.

The Gotland District Court handed the man a two month suspended sentence, fined 10,000 kronor ($1,460) and ordered him to pay 179,500 kronor in damages to the woman whose trees he felled.

In its ruling, the court explained that the 46-year-old's use of a hand saw clearly signified intent, as the incident would have likely been “relatively drawn out”.

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The woman who lost her trees to the antics of loaded would-be lumberjack is passionate about gardening, according to the newspaper, and has been seeing a therapist in the wake of the incident to help her cope with the loss.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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09:15 December 23, 2011 by Snoopy!
179,500 for some Pine Trees ! oh & the Local journos , how is last summer Christmas ?
13:08 December 23, 2011 by philster61
Somits even illegal to cut down trees in Sweden now?
18:15 December 23, 2011 by ctinej
All of Sweden should be embarrassed by this. Therapy? disgusting.

The costs of the court, the costs to the medical "therapy" for such nonsense is really disgusting.

The guy should be made to replace the trees. that is it. And to bake some nice cookies for the neighbor in his apology.

Hmmm, my dog barked at me. I think he meant evil by the tone of the bark. I need to go to therapy for it. Better yet, lets take the dog to a dog psychologist, (who is probably on the Govt payroll) and see if we can discover why the dog directed such a bad bark at me.
23:54 December 23, 2011 by Indignerad
I am taking the previous comments to mean that The Local's readers do not believe in private property.
23:55 December 25, 2011 by Reason abd Realism
179500 SEK + 10 000 SEK = 189500 SEK for cutting down pine trees.

180,000 SEK if you kill someone (see article here in the local on the man who killed his mother in law).

Moral of the story: kill your neighbours if their plants are partly blocking your view. Clearly Sweden is more interested in protecting plant life than human life.
17:31 December 29, 2011 by Vermaldeehide
Trädmord! Trädmord! I love the new word, just had to try it out..
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