As a punishment: pensioner locks son in the attic for four months – news abroad

Christmas is the celebration of love – and family dramas. But that’s probably the craziest family story of the holidays.

A pensioner in Strasbourg locked his son in the attic for months, apparently as a punishment for his unemployment. According to police, the man from Alsace is suspected of detaining his 39-year-old son for at least four months and not having provided enough food.

The police only got on the trail because the pensioner’s wife alerted the officers after her son hit his father. The 39-year-old was taken to a hospital in Mulhouse to assess his detention. The doctors there were appalled by the condition of the extremely emaciated man, the police said on Friday.

During the interrogation, the son finally described that he had moved back to his parents’ house in Malmerspach about a year ago after he had lost his job. His father accused him of inactivity in search of a new job and put him in the attic as a punishment and forbade him to come down and eat.

The 39-year-old was only able to sneak down at night and eat leftovers. Finally, in his desperation, he attacked his father.

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