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Boys get three months for baby boar torture

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Boys get three months for baby boar torture
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12:50 CET+01:00
Two boys who tortured and killed wild boar piglets in Vienna's Lainzer Tiergarten last August have been sentenced to three months in prison and ordered to undergo psychotherapy.

The two youths turned 14 shortly before committing the crime and were therefore held criminally responsible.

Four younger boys, who were present at the time and may have taken part in the torture, were not held criminally responsible but did have to appear in court as witnesses.

When questioned by police afterwards, one of the boys said "We felt such happiness."

The two 14-year-old boys admitted luring the piglets away from the mother with bread, and then throwing stones at them, beating them with sticks, and strangling them.

They said that they had done this because “they were bored”, but the judge said that this was no excuse and that what they had done in the park “was not a prank”.

According to testimony from the younger boys, the six youths repeatedly went to the nature reserve with the intention of “killing wild boars”.

The two older boys were sentenced for torturing and wantonly killing an animal and have been ordered to pay a fine of €1,633.87.

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