German prosecutors press charges against Arsenal legend Jens Lehmann after he ‘chainsawed up his neighbor’s new garage in a frenzy after a long-running dispute over how he messed up their views’
- He allegedly cut the rafters in a neighbor’s garage on July 25 of last year.
- He is being charged with property damage and two unrelated counts of fraud.
German prosecutors have filed charges against Arsenal legend Jens Lehman, who allegedly chainsawed his neighbor’s garage after a long-running dispute over how he ruined their view of a lake.
The 53-year-old former Arsenal goalkeeper reportedly cut the beams of his neighbor’s new garage to create an unobstructed view of Lake Starnberg on July 25 last year.
He also ripped the cable from a CCTV camera before taking the chainsaw to his neighbor’s garage, according to police.
Unbeknownst to him, the camera had a battery and it allegedly kept filming Lehmann cutting through the roof of the garage.
Now, nearly a year after the incident resulted in hundreds of pounds worth of damage, Munich prosecutors have charged the soccer legend with property damage, libel and two counts of fraud, German newspaper Sueddeutsche reports. Zeitung.
The defamation and fraud charges are not related to the chainsaw incident, according to a spokesman for the prosecution.
Jens Lehmann (pictured) reportedly cut the rafters of his neighbors’ new garage to create an unobstructed view of Lake Starnberg on July 25 last year.
The 53-year-old former Arsenal goalkeeper also ripped the cable from a CCTV camera before taking the chainsaw into his neighbour’s garage, according to police.
Unbeknownst to him, the camera had a battery and kept filming Lehmann cutting through the roof of the garage.
Monika Andress, director of the Starnberg district court, confirmed the charges to German media on Thursday.
Lehmann said of the charges on Instagram: ‘The accusations brought against me are not that precise. The fraud accusations against me concern an unpaid parking ticket of €90.
“The damage done to my reputation is enormous and my privacy is being ignored.”
It will take about five weeks to decide if more investigations are needed and if there are enough for the case to be heard in court, Andress explained.
The legendary former Arsenal goalkeeper is said to have had a long-standing dispute with neighbors over his property apparently blocking their view of the beautiful Starnberg Lake.
The police are also investigating whether the former Germany star is guilty of three similar cases of hooliganism worth more than £8,500.
It is not clear if there is a connection between these cases of vandalism and it is part of the ongoing investigation.
Lehmann is believed to have had a bad relationship with his neighbors for a long time and sued them for “property damage and duress”, believing the new garage is on his land.
Lehmann has lived by the picturesque Starnberg Lake in Bavaria for the last 15 years after buying his current estate for £4.2m while with the Gunners, where he played exactly 200 times in all competitions and was No. 1 in his season of Invincibles.
He was fired from the Hertha Berlin board of directors last year after a racist WhatsApp message surfaced online, after which he publicly apologized.
The legendary former Arsenal goalkeeper is said to have had a lengthy dispute with neighbors over his property apparently blocking his view of beautiful Lake Starnberg.
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