German Court Fines 3 for Failing to Help Unconscious Man in Bank
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A German court has fined three people for allegedly stepping over and around a neatly dressed unconscious elderly man in a bank to get to cash machines. It took a fifth person to arrive and call an ambulance, according to security footage from the October incident. (The fourth person was considered unfit for trial.) The 83-year-old victim, whose family asked that he not be publicly named, died in a local hospital about a week after the bank incident. “No one wanted to help,” said the district court judge, Karl-Peter Wittenberg, when he announced the verdict. The three convicted bystanders were a 39-year-old woman, a 55-year-old man, and a 61-year-old man.