A bar owner in Spain has been sent to jail for five and a half years for “torturing” his neighbors with loud music from his sound system, officials said last Monday.
A court in Barcelona said three people living near the city’s Donegal pub “developed depressive anxiety syndrome that needed medical treatment” due to the noise from five speakers, which played music non-stop from 9:00am until 3:00am.
The judges described the noise as “a method of torture”.
The owner of the bar, closed since 2006 by the local authorities, had installed the powerful sound system without permission.
The judges decided to hand down “a stiff sentence, the hardest ever by a Spanish court” for this type of crime, the newspaper El Periodico said.(afp)
1. jail n.
監獄 (jian1 yü4)
例: A dangerous criminal has recently escaped from jail.
2. speaker n.
擴音機 (kuo4 yin1 ji1)，喇叭 (la3 ba1)
例: I can't wait to try out these new speakers at the party tonight.
3. method n.
方法 (fang1 fa3)
例: We've just learnt a great method for learning English.
4. permission n.
例: You need to get permission before leaving the classroom.
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