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Thurgau pensioner insults police officers and remains unpunished

Thurgau pensioners thinks real police officers are crooks

A 73-year-old refuses to give his name to Thurgau canton police. He justifies himself as having considered her to be a fraud. The court believes him.

It was half past one at night when the two policemen rang the doorbell on his apartment door. That seemed strange to the 73-year-old from Thurgau. The reason did not make sense to him either: "Disturbance of the peace." He only talked to his girlfriend at the time and now his wife while watching television. The television set was a little louder for him because he didn't hear well. So far, however, no one has complained, he said on Tuesday in front of the Weinfelden district court.

"No real uniform"

The man is accused of refusing to give his name. The public prosecutor sent him a penalty order with a fine of 200 francs. But the accused does not see that, so the matter came to court. The police have repeatedly asked him to give his name. He didn't do that because:

"I don't have to say my name in my apartment."

First you should tell him who you are. He suspected that the woman and the man were fake police officers. "You read about such cases in the newspaper every day." They didn't wear a “real uniform”, but “a kind of Übergwändli”. He only now knows that the uniform of the Thurgau cantonal police looks like this.

"This is another trickery," he thought. His plan was to dial 117 and have the names of the supposedly fake police officers checked. But they would not have told him their name.

Referred to name tags

The police officers portray the scene a little differently. The man made an impression of being drunk on her. You would have introduced yourself right at the beginning. When he still insistently wanted to know what their name was, they only referred to the name tags on the uniform.

The accused justifies himself that he did not see them. The backlight in the hallway was unfavorable. The incident lasted five to ten minutes, no longer. Then the police withdrew. The man called after them into the stairwell:

"We don't need such rabble!"

In case of doubt, in favor of the accused

The judges of the district court acquitted the accused. They believed him that he did not hear when the police introduced themselves. They didn't show him your ID. "It was probably all a big misunderstanding," said court president Pascal Schmid when giving reasons for the judgment. After all, the incident took place in the stairwell at night.

And it is obvious that the man hears badly. In court, too, the questions put to him have to be repeated more often. Refusing to give a name is a cantonal criminal norm, explains Schmid. If you do not give your name to the authorities despite being asked to do so, you are liable to prosecution. But this is about a so-called factual error. The accused was of the erroneous opinion that he was dealing with fraudsters instead of real police officers. Therefore, in case of doubt, the accused must be in favor.