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Man jailed for throwing tea light holder at queen wants compensation

Thursday 07 February 2013

The man jailed for five months for throwing a glass tea light holder at the queen's golden coach in 2010 is demanding €100,000 compensation from the state for wrongful imprisonment.

Erwin L spent two years in jail waiting for his case to come to trial, but was given just a five-month sentence on appeal last week.

At the original trial in 2011, L was sentenced to a year in a psychiatric prison, but that was later overturned.

His lawyer says he is entitled to around €50,000 for the time spent in jail (€85 a night) plus an extra payout because of the media frenzy surrounding the case.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

He should have thought about his actions before
hand - in a civilised society, people do not throw glass tealight holders at each other. He should stop wasting everyone's time and money and accept he was wrong.

By Peter | 7 February 2013 4:31 PM

Who does this guy think he is, some sort of Prince, £85 a night is like staying in a 4 star hotel, not a prison cell.

By almorr | 7 February 2013 5:22 PM

And how much would he get if he actually managed to hit the queen with the glass tea light holder?

By Quince | 7 February 2013 9:37 PM

You guys are missing the point. Sure, what he did was wrong but this guy was held in prison for TWO YEARS while the court system dilly-dallied to bring his case to trial. When it was all said and done, he received only a five month sentence for his crime. Honestly, his claim has merit. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.

By B | 8 February 2013 11:47 AM

I think he is really mentally unstable. Maybe should lock him up for another year.

By ufo | 8 February 2013 12:05 PM

The judge was responsible, let the judge make up the difference between the 5 months & 2 years: that is if there is any real justice & not just 'just-us' :P

By The visitor | 8 February 2013 3:19 PM

This man obviously needs some psychiatric help. The courts should have forced him to seek counselling while on probation.

By Erik Gruter | 9 February 2013 8:27 PM

A glass tea-light holder! Come on, that weighs about as much as a wet t-bag! I threw a stone at my sister, so, should I go to prison? No wonder our taxes are so high, having to pay for fiasco's like this!

By Leigh | 11 February 2013 9:35 AM

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