German couple in court over 'squeaky bedsprings' sex
A German couple have been taken to court because their bed made too much noise during their lovemaking.
Police received ten complaints from neighbours of the pair in the city suburb of Lichtenberg on the night in questionPhoto: ALAMY
By Allan Hall in Berlin 7:28PM GMT 22 Nov 2010
Stefanie Mueller, 24, faced a fine for one night of passion with partner Lucas Zetsch, 25, that woke up the neighbourhood.
Police said they received ten complains from neighbours of the pair in the city suburb of Lichtenberg on the night in question in July this year.
The pair were summoned under anti noise-pollution laws but they refused to pay the £86 penalty.
This led to a court hearing in Berlin where Miss Mueller, a hotel worker, said; "We weren't that loud." The judge said; "Perhaps not you, but your bed. We have witness statements that it was heard banging and squeaking around the neighbourhood from 11.30pm until 1.00am the next morning." Mr Zetsch told the court: "It was totally normal sex, nothing exciting" – a remark which earned him a scornful look from Miss Mueller, who snapped: "Thanks – that was nice." Then she left the court.
The judge threw the case out as the complainants did not show up for the hearing.