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Biz chief prosecuted for ice cream truck attack

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Biz chief prosecuted for ice cream truck attack
15:41 CET+01:00
High profile Swedish businessman Percy Nilsson is being prosecuted for vandalism following his attack on an ice-cream truck which he said annoyed him by making noise outside his home.

The franchise which operates the ice-cream truck is also seeking 9,000 kronor ($1,300) in damages as a result of the incident according to the indictment. 

Nilsson, 71, is best known for his ownership of his local Malmö Redhawks ice-hockey team. He was reported to the police by an ice cream truck driver who discovered holes in the vehicle's tyre made by a drill during the summer.

He subsequently told the media that he "confessed" to the incident as he wanted to start a debate on ice-cream truck noise.

Following his confession, the franchise that operates the trucks is now seeking damages. The franchise claims the damages are to pay the salary of the driver, the amount lost in sales plus interest since the attack took place on July 29th.

According to the indictment the damage caused by Nilsson was enough to destroy the tyre, and workers were forced to switch to a new vehicle which cost over 4,000 kronor.

The multi-millionaire businessman told the Expressen newspaper that the indictment was "sad" but said that he'd had a lot of support from people across Sweden.

"It's just sad that they need to resort to such drastic measures to launch a discussion. It (the amount) was more more than I expected as I have admitted (what happened)," said Nilsson.

Nilsson initially denied the charge but later came clean. He remains angry about the amount of noise the ice cream trucks make.

"I hope that the debate will continue and that this perhaps might be a part of it, that I am prosecuted, and that the debate will come in time," he said.

Following the original incident Nilsson told reporters that he had warned the ice-cream truck to steer a wide berth from his home after previous altercations.

"The ice-cream truck drivers remarked a few times earlier that I told them not to honk on my street. I warned them I would act if they did not stop and this summer I did," he said.

The teenage driver of the ice-cream truck made a testimony to the police where she said she honked the horn 400 times between 4pm and 8:15pm on the day of the incident on July 29th.

Nilsson has since claimed that the noise broke local regulations in the Vellinge municipality where he lives.

"There are many people who stand behind me on this, maybe there are some who think it is wrong, but in general I have enough people behind me," Nilsson told Expressen after the indictment was announced.  

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