An infuriated Polish father hurled a chair at a judge Friday after she handed down what some have described as a lenient sentence to a driver that killed his 2-year-old girl and her grandparents.
According to 1limburg, a Dutch news website, the judge handed down a sentence of 120 hours of community service for the 2013 incident that resulted in the loss of three lives.
Video captured the father of the 2-year-old throw his chair at the judge in anger. The footage has since gone viral online, amassing nearly half-a-million views on YouTube.
The decision not only ignited outrage in the court room, but it also gave way to discussion online. As a result, the court released a statement providing additional explanation for the controversial verdict.
According to a Google translation of the court statement, the defendant had no drugs or alcohol in his system and was not distracted on his phone at the time of incident. Further, the 33-year-old defendant was driving under the speed limit when he lost control of his vehicle and veered into the bike path killing the cycling grandfather, grandmother and grandchild.
The court ultimately ruled that there wasn't a "significant degree of culpable carelessness" to convict the individual of manslaughter, despite the three deaths that resulted because he lost control of his vehicle.
"The Court is fully aware that the accident caused by the defendant to the death of three people led. The relatives have an extremely painful and irreversible loss that will last a life be felt," the court's statement concluded. "The death of the victims had suffered irreparable to the relatives and result is aptly hearing articulated by the relatives."
This story has been updated.
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