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Serial tyre puncturer jailed

rfi English, Oct 28

A man who punctured about 6,000 car tyres in the south-western city of Bordeaux has been jailed for a year.

Gilles Sarrailh, 45, was sentenced to 12 months in prison plus six months suspended after being found guilty of puncturing thousands of tyres, apparently to express his bitterness at his treatment when he was a child.

But no committal warrant was issued and sentences of 12 months or less can be converted into community service or similar punishments.

However, since May he has repeatedly ignored summons to report to the authorities and a court on Wednesday ruled that he must serve the sentence.

Sarrailh, who lived alone and received a disability allowance, estimated that he had punctured about 6,000 tyres.

He did so to express his anger at the state's failure to protect him from mistreatment and sexual abuse while he was in a children's home and later adopted by a family, he said.

He operated at night and it took police three years to track him down.

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