Businessman fined for popping ice cream truck tires

Jan. 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM
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MALMO, Sweden, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A Swedish businessman who used a power drill to puncture the tires of an ice cream truck was fined and ordered to pay the driver for lost income.

Percy Nilsson, 71, owner of the Malmo Redhawks hockey team, was sentenced Friday by the Malmo district court to pay a $15,500 fine and reimburse the ice cream truck driver for the loss of income caused by the damage to the vehicle, reported Friday.

"It was a really tough sentencing and it's sad that it ended this way," Nilsson told Sweden's TT news agency.

Nilsson previously confessed to the crime and paid to replace the driver's tires, but took the matter to court in the hopes of inspiring debate about the "outdated" practice of ice cream trucks blasting jingles as they pass through neighborhoods.

Nilsson's lawyer told the court his client had suffered mentally as a result of the truck's music.

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