Spanish pianist faces jail sentence over "noise pollution"

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        Spanish prosecutors are insisting for a 20-month prison sentence for a professional pianist whose former neighbour is suing over alleged noise pollution. Laia Martin, the pianist, is on trial in Girona after her family's downstairs neighbour, Sonia Bosom, accused her of causing psychological harm through her constant piano playing.

        Ms Bosom says that the pianist practised her piano for eight hours a day, five days a week from 2003 to 2007. The "victim" said she now has such a horror of pianos, she cannot stand even seeing them in films.

        In their defence, the Martin family said they had tried to soundproof the room, and that the practice had not been as constant as the "victim" claims. What's even more interesting is that the prosecutor had initially sought a jail term of over seven years(!!!) for Ms Martin.

        I really can't understand why they hadn't talked things over while they were neighbours, things like that can be sorted out. Take myself for instance, a few months ago some new lads moved in the apartment just above mine, later I found out they were Conservatoire students. And they also practised some kind of music a few hours every day. It was pretty loud at times so I went and talked to them and we sorted things out like human beings, no need to take something like this to court...

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          The neighbour should have sorted it out whilst they were there rather than suffer for 4 years.  I think it's ludicrous they are considering a jail sentence too.

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          Well i for one keep myself to myself - so i can actually understand how this could have happened - but the bit about being damaged and cant stand pianos any-more i find a bit Over-exaggerated in my honest opinion.

          And as blueday said yes this should never be a prison offence - i hope the judge laughs it out of court.

          But I also don't like knocking on my neighbours doors either - but if one of them was really bad i would defiantly just go and knock on and try talk to them politely as possible.

          That is of course if they was not going to take offence by me asking - sometimes some people do.
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          That doesn't make any sense to me. If she had any problems with the sound, she should have done something about it then, not now. If I had such problems I would go and talk with neighbors.

          Actually, my neighbor plays piano almost every day at home, and I don't mind that at all.
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          This is really weird...
          Why the hell didn't he try to talk to his neighbor at some point during those four years??
          If he did and the neighbor refused to at least play at normal times and a bit more quietly, then I would call the police, not actually sue him..
          I have a musical neighbor (clarinet) and he practices at weird times (like starting to play at 00:30), but at one point, I did talk to him and afterwards it was fine.
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          Lootva wrote:

          This is really weird...
          Why the hell didn't he try to talk to his neighbor at some point during those four years??
          If he did and the neighbor refused to at least play at normal times and a bit more quietly, then I would call the police, not actually sue him..
          I have a musical neighbor (clarinet) and he practices at weird times (like starting to play at 00:30), but at one point, I did talk to him and afterwards it was fine.


          In the uk you cant call the police for noise polution - you just have to report it to the council if it gets out of hand and if they not cooperative.
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          Wow that's nuts! The neighbor deserved to be miserable for all that time, it could have been easily rectified but they chose to stay silent. An a jail sentence just blows my mind!

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