Ananova, UK
July 30 2004

Shoplifter wants hands cut off as punishment

An Armenian caught shoplifting bottles of whiskey in a Belgian shop,
asked the judge if he could have his hands cut off as punishment.

The 20-year-old had been caught on camera taking three bottles from
the shop in Dessel.

The man told his solicitor he was prepared to lose his hands as a
penalty for shoplifting. The solicitor said: "I told him in Belgium
we don't do such things."

The man had originally denied the shoplifting charge, says Het
Nieuwsblad