German dad Alexander Donninger and his wife Stefanie are facing jail after they were accused of poaching when they hung a deep frozen fish on their children’s fishing line to give them a bit of fun while on holiday in the Austrian Tyrol.
The couple were with their twins Enya and Arthur aged seven and had purchased the rainbow trout costing two pounds a day before.
But a local who spotted the family at the river at Kufstein called police and they arrested the couple for illegal fishing.
A police spokesman said: “Regardless of whether he had a frozen fish on the line or not it is illegal to have a rod in the water without a licence.”
Donninger, 42, said: “What really annoyed me was the man who reported this. He came up to me and was talking to me and he knew we were using a frozen fish, because I didn’t have a licence he called police but he didn’t say anything at the time otherwise it could have been speedily settled.”
The dad could face up to 6 months in prison if convicted after the man that owned the river insisted that there was no way of proving whether it was a frozen fish and that the maximum penalty be applied, because otherwise everybody would use the same excuse.
Lawyer Taddaeus Schaefer, defending, said: “It is madness that such a small offence with a fish worth no more than a few euros is even coming to court. It is like we are living in the medieval ages again.”
New York State police say troopers went to John Colby’s home in Massena in northern New York on Sunday morning to serve two warrants for his arrest for failure to appear in court for vehicle and traffic violations.
Troopers say Colby’s 27-year-old live-in girlfriend told them she didn’t know where Colby was.
But then the couple’s 4-year-old daughter chimed in, telling police that “daddy is scared and hiding in the attic.”
Troopers checked out the attic and found the 30-year-old Colby.
He was charged with bail jumping, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.
This is not the first time that a child has told police that their errant parent was hiding in the attic.
Police in Florida searching for a man who was wanted for violating probation on a battery charge was arrested after his two-year-old son told them he was hiding in the attic.
Colby was being held in the St. Lawrence County jail pending a court appearance Wednesday.
It couldn’t be determined if he had a lawyer.