Unexpected defense tactics leads to success

Clever criminal – Mag. Roland Friis
An Austrian burglar has been acquitted after a jury ruled he was too experienced to have
committed the crime he was charged with. 69-year-old Ernst Stummer was accused with
stealing £600 worth of goods from a Vienna shop after police found his DNA on a pair of
pliers left at the scene. However lawyers for Stummer – who has 18 previous convictions for
burglary – claimed the break-in was not up to the standards of their highly experienced client.
Roland Friis said: “He is experienced enough to never break into a building secured by an
alarm.
“Also, no halfway reasonable burglar would use such needle nose pliers for a job, and my
client would have surely worn gloves. In fact it is almost an insult to accuse him of such a
dilettante approach.”

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He Was Overqualified For This Job
If your pliers are found at the scene of a burglary and you’ve had 18 previous burglary
convictions, it may be time to bust out the “I’m too good of a burglar to have committed this
crime” defense in court. That’s what Austrian burglar Ernst Stummer did, and he won his
case in court … despite the fact that police found his DNA on the tools left at the scene of a
shop that had £600 worth of goods stolen from it.
Roland Friis, Stummer’s lawyer, said: “He is experienced enough to never break into a
building secured by an alarm.
“Also, no halfway reasonable burglar would use such needle nose pliers for a job, and my
client would have surely worn gloves. In fact it is almost an insult to accuse him of such a
dilettante approach.”
Stummer said: “The pliers are probably mine but I have a lot of pliers and a lot of tools which
I sometimes lend to not very reliable people. I think someone committed the crime using my
pliers – but it wasn’t me.”

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