Court sentences German royal to pay high fine

HILDESHEIM, Germany — Princess Caroline of Monaco’s husband was convicted in Germany today of a decade-old altercation in Kenya and fined euro200,000 ($270,000).

Hildesheim state court Judge Andreas Schlueter found Ernst August von Hannover guilty of intentionally causing bodily harm to a Kenyan hotelier, German news agency DAPD reported.

The judge followed the prosecution’s request and fined him the equivalent of 40 days of his salary, which the court estimated at euro5,000 daily. Ernst August has refused to disclose his finances to the court.

The 56-year-old great-grandson of the last German emperor, Wilhelm II, was retried after being convicted in 2004 and fined euro445,000.

Ernst August did not deny the assault but was seeking to have his sentence reduced. While the fine is lower than in the previous ruling, his lawyers could not secure the acquittal they tried to obtain.

In the first trial, Ernst August was ruled to have hit hotelier Josef Bruhnlehner on the Kenyan holiday island of Lamu repeatedly with a metal ring that he was wearing. The prince and Caroline, however, maintained he only slapped the man in the 2001 incident and Bruhnlehner greatly exaggerated his injuries.

Caroline testified behind closed doors on her husband’s behalf in a 2008 hearing that led to the retrial. In January, the princess, 53, testified again for him publicly at the Hildesheim court, arguing that Bruhnlehner was exaggerating.

Kenyan authorities did not arrest Ernst August after the incident, but it was pursued in Germany where the law allows prosecutors to charge citizens who commit crimes abroad.

It is not Ernst August’s first run-in with the law; he was fined in 1999 for attacking a German photographer and had his driver’s license suspended for a month in 2003 for speeding on a French highway.

Talk to us

More in Local News

This photo provided by OceanGate Expeditions shows a submersible vessel named Titan used to visit the wreckage site of the Titanic. In a race against the clock on the high seas, an expanding international armada of ships and airplanes searched Tuesday, June 20, 2023, for the submersible that vanished in the North Atlantic while taking five people down to the wreck of the Titanic. (OceanGate Expeditions via AP)
A new movie based on OceanGate’s Titan submersible tragedy is in the works: ‘Salvaged’

MindRiot announced the film, a fictional project titled “Salvaged,” on Friday.

Craig Hess (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)
Sultan’s new police chief has 22 years in law enforcement

Craig Hess was sworn in Sep. 14. The Long Island-born cop was a first-responder on 9/11. He also served as Gold Bar police chief.

Cars move across Edgewater Bridge toward Everett on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, in Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Edgewater Bridge redo linking Everett, Mukilteo delayed until mid-2024

The project, now with an estimated cost of $27 million, will detour West Mukilteo Boulevard foot and car traffic for a year.

Lynn Deeken, the Dean of Arts, Learning Resources & Pathways at EvCC, addresses a large gathering during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Cascade Learning Center on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
New EvCC learning resource center opens to students, public

Planners of the Everett Community College building hope it will encourage students to use on-campus tutoring resources.

Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman announces his retirement after 31 years of service at the Everett City Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Everett police chief to retire at the end of October

Chief Dan Templeman announced his retirement at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. He has been chief for nine years.

Boeing employees watch the KC-46 Pegasus delivery event  from the air stairs at Boeing on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Boeing’s iconic Everett factory tour to resume in October

After a three-year hiatus, tours of the Boeing Company’s enormous jet assembly plant are back at Paine Field.

A memorial for a 15-year-old shot and killed last week is set up at a bus stop along Harrison Road on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Teen boy identified in fatal shooting at Everett bus stop

Bryan Tamayo-Franco, 15, was shot at a Hardeson Road bus stop earlier this month. Police arrested two suspects.

A memorial for a 15-year-old shot and killed last week is set up at a bus stop along Harrison Road on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Rival gang members charged with killing Everett boy, 15, at bus stop

The two suspects are accused of premeditated first-degree murder in the death of Bryan Tamayo-Franco, 15.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Snohomish in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Witnesses contradict gunman’s account of killing Monroe prison officer

Dylan Picard, 22, was driving on South Machias Road when Dan Spaeth approached his car to slow it down to avoid hitting a deer.

Most Read