Italian prisoner fined for pillowcase damage in suicide attempt

ROME, February 2 (RIA Novosti) - An Italian court has ordered a Kurdish prisoner pay 25 euros ($32) for damaging pillowcases during a suicide attempt, local media said on Monday.

The Il Piccolo newspaper quoted the judge as saying the prisoner at the jail in the northern Italian city of Trieste had "knowingly attempted to damage state administration property" by tearing up two pillowcases which he intended to later use as a noose to hang himself.

The guards managed however to prevent the man from hanging himself and he was later released from prison and granted political asylum. However, before leaving prison, he was made to pay seven euros.

Meanwhile, the Italian court later fined the man 30 euros, the newspaper said. The man's lawyer appealed to the court against the ruling requesting that his mental condition be taken into consideration.

The fine was reduced to 25 euros.

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