German man chainsaws house in two in divorce split

BERLIN Fri Mar 9, 2007 10:27am EST

A man chainsaws through a log in East Windham, Maine in this September 7, 2005 file photo. A 43-year-old German decided to settle his imminent divorce by chainsawing a family home in two and making off with his half in a forklift truck. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

A man chainsaws through a log in East Windham, Maine in this September 7, 2005 file photo. A 43-year-old German decided to settle his imminent divorce by chainsawing a family home in two and making off with his half in a forklift truck.

Credit: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi

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BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - A 43-year-old German decided to settle his imminent divorce by chainsawing a family home in two and making off with his half in a forklift truck.

Police in the eastern town of Sonneberg said on Friday the trained mason measured the single-storey summer house -- which was some 8 meters (26 feet) long and 6 meters wide -- before chainsawing through the wooden roof and walls.

"The man said he was just taking his due," said a police spokesman. "But I don't think his wife was too pleased."

After finishing the job, the man picked up his half with the forklift truck and drove to his brother's house where he has since been staying.

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