Short arm of the law
NANTES: A Frenchman escaped trial for stealing a car after his lawyer proved to the court that at the time of his arrest he was exactly one minute away from becoming an adult.
Lawyer Delphine Branquet told the court on Tuesday that her client was arrested on his birthday on November 28 last year. But she said that he was arrested at 10.49pm, one minute before the precise time of his birth: 10.50pm. The court declared it was not competent to try the teen, who will appear before a youth court on charges of stealing a vehicle and driving without a licence. – Sapa-AFP