Short arm of the law

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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

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