Too big to jail?

Posted on January 30, 2011

Here’s something you don’t see everyday, or almost any day for that matter.  There’s a man in Denmark trying to get out of jail due to his enormous size:

A Dutch lawyer is attempting to get his client out of jail with an unusual argument: he’s too tall and fat for his cell.

“He is a giant of a man, there’s no way you cannot realize that as soon as you see him,” said Bas Martens in a telephone interview Friday.

Martens said his client, 2.07 meters (about 6 feet 10 inches) tall and weighing 230 kilograms (500 pounds), is in a 10 square meter (12 sq. yard) cell.

The prisoner, identified under Dutch privacy laws as Angelo M., began serving an 18-month sentence for financial fraud in September.

Martens sought a court order at a hearing Thursday for Angelo to serve out his sentence under electronically monitored house arrest.

He said the prison facilities – Angelo’s bed and the low toilet in his cell – are too small and so painful that his conditions violate European human rights law.

Human rights violations?  Hmm. I’m not so sure.  The prison does meet the national standards and they’ve even taken extra steps to be more accommodating.  They’ve tried extending his bed and giving him an extra mattress, but apparently that isn’t good enough.  

Maybe Mr. Angelo shouldn’t have committed the crime in the first place, that way he wouldn’t be in his current position.  Like they say, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.”

Posted in: Europe