Man saws neig­bour’s shed in half

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

IT’S a feud that turned ex­treme: a 44-year-old Nor­we­gian was on Tues­day sen­tenced to four months in prison for saw­ing his neigh­bour’s wooden shed in half.

An Oslo court of ap­peal found former fund man­ager Arne Vige­land guilty of prop­erty dam­age and in­creased a sen­tence al­ready handed down by a lower court.

“The dam­ages also in­volved ex­ten­sive phys­i­cal de­struc­tion on the ag­grieved’s house,” the ver­dict said.

Vige­land bought a plot of land on Ne­soya is­land, 19 kilo­me­tres (12 miles) south­west of Oslo in 2010.

But his anger built up over the al­legedly en­croach­ing and decades-old shed to the ex­tent that four years later he chopped it in two.

His rage also ex­tended to other neigh­bours, the court heard, with the ac­cused tak­ing down their stone wall, two trees and fruit bushes.

The judges said the ver­dict should have been six months in prison, but was re­duced to take into ac­count de­lays in the ju­di­cial process.

Vige­land was or­dered to pay 764,000 kro­ner ($93,000) in dam­ages to the neigh­bours, court fees, and re­im­burse­ments to an in­sur­ance com­pany.

The case could how­ever now end up in the Supreme Court, Nor­way’s high­est court.

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