When relationships fall apart, they are often out of sync. And sometimes a real rose war breaks out that then ends in the district court. In the case that District Judge Miquela Fuerla had to hear this time, her 53-year-old ex-boyfriend was on trial. Because of alleged coercion and false suspicion. He had turned off the heating in the house they were sharing at the time, and had also told the police that his ex-girlfriend had pushed him, which is why he had fallen down the stairs. The feud between the two over the mutual ads has been raging since 2019. This time they ended up ending the procedure for a fee of €300.
The defendant knew exactly when the relationship ended: in February 2019. Problem: they both owned the house they lived in. They bought it together, and half of the loans and expenses had to be paid from a joint account. This is the theory. The 53-year-old said in court that the dispute practically began in 2019. In practice since then, there have been mutual accusations and a nonviolent trial in which a compromise was reached that she lives upstairs, and the defendants downstairs. Then everything gained momentum when the accused had a new girlfriend.
The temperature in the apartment drops to ten degrees
Then, in December 2020, came the incident that led to the reporting of the duress. The defendant said there was already a dispute up front that splitting costs 50:50 was no longer fair from his ex-girlfriend’s point of view if he was now living there with his new girlfriend, while the opposite was the case. He was with his new girlfriend more than at home. In any case, his ex-wife refused to bear her share of the costs – even when he had to urgently order heating oil, otherwise the heating would eventually pull dirt particles out of the sediment in the tank, and therefore likely to become defective, experts did tell him.
The day before the delivery, I turned off the heating so that after all this did not happen – and turned it on again a few hours after refueling. He paid for the heating oil from his own account because she refused to pay. If he had paid the full amount from the joint account, he would have been accused of misusing the account, which he wanted to avoid. The public prosecutor stated that the temperature dropped to ten degrees Celsius overnight when the heating was turned off. The defendant’s goal was to force the woman to pay half the costs.
The video clip that appears on the cell phone does not clearly show the fall off the ladder
Regarding the fall, the defendant stated that he only knew they had argued about heating oil, then he felt a push or shove and suddenly at the bottom of the stairs. Fortunately without any serious injuries. He doesn’t know if he slipped when pushed or missed a step. The woman had provided a mobile phone video to the police about the incident, but he also did not provide any clear explanation. After watching, the judge said he seemed to stumble while walking backwards. Maybe his ex-girlfriend was too far from paying after the video.
The defendant’s lawyer described the defendant’s ex-wife as “hysterical” and “incredible” and had only one goal, which was to drive him out of the house. She plays the victim, but it won’t contribute to maintenance costs and just drives a collision course – often loud and with various expletives, as he himself can attest. Anyway, his client paid for the heating oil out of his pocket, so he could dispose of it himself. The heating was carefully turned off.
The accused must pay 300 euros to help the refugees
Even before hearing the ex-girlfriend and police officer investigating, the prosecutor suggested a “legal conversation” between her, the judge and the defense attorney. The result after a few minutes: the procedure is stopped and the 53-year-old has to pay 300 euros to help the refugees. This attitude is linked to the hope that peace will return to the house if one of the parties leaves. According to the lawyer, this should have been the case already since February 1, 2022, when his client had previously purchased his stake in the house. But she is still at home. “Maybe we need a bailiff,” the lawyer suspects.