This Thief Wanted To Go To Jail Just To Watch TV For Free
Harin - Sep 30, 2019
Canal+ (a premium TV channel in France) costs around ₹777 per month. And this weird thief was determined to go to jail just to watch TV for free.
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The monthly subscription fee for Canal+ (a premium TV channel in France) is around ₹777 per month. However, all prisoners in prisons can watch Canal+ for free. Of course, for many people, watching TV for free isn’t actually a bargain if you have to go to prison. However, for this weird thief, being able to watch TV for free is actually a motivation for him to go to jail.
During the summer of 2019, a 25-year-old thief committed a series of burglaries in the suburbs of Toulouse. The most unusual common feature of these cases was something that the investigators couldn’t understand. It seemed like the thief intentionally left traces at every crime scene like a trail of saliva to help the police quickly find the culprit.
It turned out the police’s suspicions were right. After being arrested, the thief had spit in every house that he had broken into, hoping that the police would do DNA tests.
On September 2, during a trial before the Criminal Court, the thief announced that he wanted to go back to jail to watch Canal+, leaving both the lawyer and the judges speechless.
Lawyer Reynaud-Aymard said that a lot of people wanted to live as a prisoner rather than live as a free citizen. However, this was the first time he defended someone who wanted to go to jail just to watch a premium television channel.
The French media quickly contacted a prison guard who confirmed that Canal+ has been available in French prisoners for years. Typically, each cell will have 2 to 3 prisoners. If one pays for the installation of television, others will benefit. Or sometimes, the prisoners can contribute their money to share the fee.
Prisons’ directors can also make bargains with prisoners. For example, they will subscribe to interesting TV channels, paying the subscription fees in exchange for the prisoners’ works for some jobs inside the prisons. There are times when there is no work, so prisoners can leisurely watch TV for free.
Back to the thief’s case, attorney Reynaud-Aymard finally resorted to mental illness to justify the thief’s criminal behavior. The attorney has persuaded the criminal to choose between going to prison or live freely outside.
A few years ago, two men committed a crime just to go to jail to get away from their horrible marriage. But going to prison just to watch Canal+ is surely a first time.