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GIRONA - A professional pianist is facing more than seven years in jail for... practicing.
El Pais reports that a neighbor in the northeastern city of Girona brought the charges, and prosecutors are now seeking a conviction for crimes against the environment, for noise pollution, as well as the psychological damage caused to the neighbor between 2003 and 2007.
The defendent’s parents, with whom she lived, also face the same sentence as their daughter as accessories to the, er, crime.
Medical reports state that the neighbor suffered hearing damage, panic attacks and problems during her pregnancy as a result of “environmental auditory stress.”
Prosecutors are also seeking to have the pianist banned from any profession that involves a piano for four years.
The defendent refutes the charges, stating that she was away studying when the neighbor claims she was practicing. She also said that they had attempted to soundproof the room with the piano.
While apartment dwellers the world over can relate to the problem of disruptive neighbors...
...this appears to be a case of a rather tone-deaf prosecutor.
The trial is expected to conclude this week.
(cover photo:marc falardeau)