As a continuation of last week’s bizarre court cases, here are a few more crazy cases that will have you rolling on the floor pealing with laughter…
1) French monkey ‘super’ spy
During the Napoleonic wars, a French ship capsized off the English coast. The only survivor was a monkey that was dressed as a French military officer (guessing that he was the entertainment when the soldiers were bored). The monkey was captured and because he couldn’t speak English, (for rather obvious reasons), locals believed it to be a French spy. A trial was held to establish whether or not the monkey really was a spy for France; being unable to answer any of the questions posed, he was found guilty of espionage and was sentenced to death. The town-folk then dragged him to the town’s square, where they ruthlessly hanged him for his crimes. That they believed that the monkey was supposed to defend himself in court by responding to the questions asked is the real shocker of this case.
2) Bull hanged for murder
In 1314, a bull in France that escaped from its pen and attacked a passerby and fatally injured him was tried and found guilty of murder in the first degree. It was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging.
Most of these cases seem to have happened way back when humanity was still undergoing a revolution. I bet the animals of today are grateful for how far humanity has evolved. The drug addicted rats in Mombasa that snuck into a police station and ate rolls of bhang that was to be used as evidence in a court case sure should be.
The unfortunate monkey that also tripped on a KPLC transformer and caused a nation-wide blackout was also spared this ridiculous debacle.