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Man agrees to pay broom-hitting fine

Sept. 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

MAISACH, Germany, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- An 88-year-old German man has dropped his appeal and agreed to pay a $2,610 fine for hitting his 65-year-old son with a broom.

The men, who share a house in Maisach, appeared in court Monday before Judge Michaela Welnhofer, who twice had to shout at the pair to stop them from quarrelling in the courtroom, The Local.de reported Tuesday.

The older man, who was convicted of criminal assault and ordered to pay the fine in December, said in his appeal he had not struck his son, but had rather pushed him with the broom in self-defense to keep from being strangled.

However, the man eventually decided in the courtroom to drop the appeal and pay the fine.

"I'd be ashamed of coming to court with this nonsense," Welnhofer told the men.

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