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Prisoner released early after his jail cell ceiling had hole

By Mason White 11:12 AM June 28, 2013
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By: Shifra Unger
A prisoner got a lucky break after a judge released him early because his jail cell ceiling had a hole, according to court proceedings in France.

A Paris judge ruled that the prisoner should be released after she discovered that his cell had a hole in the roof, which allowed the wind and rain inside.

Stephane Sebag, a lawyer of the detainee, whose name was not released, said the judge ordered his client released after visiting the cell herself.

Sebag said the judge agreed with him that the cell in the jail facility Bois-d’Arcy was too small to be shared by the two men, their beds, a table and a single chair.

“Seeing a big men like him, who is 6 feet and 4 inches tall, unable to even get up and perform the tasks of everyday life, is unacceptable,” Sebag said.

“Between the two beds there is a space of 50 square centimeters, or 7.75 square inches, where two people cannot be in it at the same time. Two people cannot dine with a single table and chair, and only one small electric cooker,” he added.

Sebag said a hole in the ceiling above the bed of his client let the rain into the cell.
“My client got his face and feet wet while sleeping,” he said.
Sebag praised the judge’s decision as “courageous” and “extremely rare”.

Prosecutors have appealed the judge’s ruling.
Authorities did not say for what the man had been imprisoned or for how long the man should have been jailed.