Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Must've been some woman...!

So, is this romantic, or barbaric?

Love Rivals Convicted for Dueling

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dueling may sound the stuff of historical novels, but three Dutchmen discovered on Wednesday that shooting it out over a woman can still land you in jail.

The two lovestruck rivals and the organizer of the duel were convicted for a pistol fight in the southern Dutch town of Best following a row over a woman, justice officials said.

``There is an old article in the law explicitly forbidding duels. But it's the first time I've ever seen a conviction,'' said a spokesman for the local prosecution service.

The stiffest sentence, 15 months, went to the duel's organizer, who shot and wounded the challenger when he saw him pull a gun even though the three had previously agreed to an unarmed fist fight. The challenger got 12 months and his opponent was sentenced to community service.

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