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Drunk driving mum had kids on board

A 31-year-old mother caused havoc on the roads of St. Gallen on Sunday whilst driving under the influence with two young children in the car.

Drunk driving mum had kids on board
The driver had two children on board. Photo: St. Gallen Police

According to canton St. Gallen police, the woman rammed into street signs, crash barriers and a wall causing thousands of francs worth of damage, the Swiss news agency SDA reported.

Her four-year-old son and five-year-old niece were in the car at the time

The driver had a blood alcohol level of 3.3 mg/ml – six times the legal limit.

The woman was driving from Au in the direction of St Margrethen on Sunday afternoon when she was stopped by police.

She was made to undergo a blood test and later had to give up her driver’s licence.

In Switzerland the blood alcohol limit was lowered to 0.5 mg/ml from 0.8 mg in 2005.

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CRIME

Switzerland jails 84-year-old bank robber

Swiss authorities have sent an 84-year-old bank robber to prison. The man, who robbed the same bank twice, had hoped his age would see him avoid sentencing.

Switzerland jails 84-year-old bank robber

A court in the Swiss canton of Lucerne has jailed an 84-year-old man for two years and four months for two bank robberies stretching back across the past decade. 

The man, named in Swiss media as Willi P, has been given a partially suspended sentence and will only need to serve six months. 

The man robbed a bank in Meggen in 2012 and in 2017, stealing around CHF13,000 in total. 

He threatened the bank’s employees with a folding pocket knife placed inside a plastic bag to look like a gun. 

The man avoided jail in 2021 when the case was brought to court, with the judges saying he was too old. 

This time, the cantonal court disagreed. 

“According to the case law of the federal court, even a relatively old age does not in principle justify a particular sensitivity to punishment, which must be taken into account to reduce the sentence,” the court said. 

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Willi P was remorseful, telling the media he was “heartbroken” by what he had done, telling the press his wife had no idea about the robberies. 

“I’m really sorry for everything and felt heartbroken. Afterwards I said to myself: Hey, you are stupid! Why do you still have to do something like this at this age?”

The man pleaded with the court not to sentence him, saying “I’ve been punished enough with my poor health. I am sorry.”

While the court noted that due to the man’s advanced age he may die in jail, this was not enough of an exceptional circumstance to prevent the sentence. 

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