March 2, 2007 / 2:26 PM / in 11 years

Topless wife photo ends man's pole protest

<p>Fred Gregor, a 45-year-old lathe operator looks out of the window of his tiny cubicle atop the converted television mast in the village of Werben some 150 kilometres south of Berlin February 24, 2007. A German man who spent 10 days in a self-made box atop a 72-foot-tall pole to protest a looming jail term was lured off his perch by his wife -- who sent up a topless picture of herself in his lunch box. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann</p>

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man who spent 10 days in a self-made box atop a 72-foot-tall pole to protest a looming jail term was lured off his perch by his wife -- who sent up a topless picture of herself in his lunch box.

Fred Gregor, 45, was bidding to have his 15-month conviction for fraud overturned by squatting in his tiny cubicle atop a converted television mast. He told Reuters in a telephone interview last week that he wanted a new trial.

His wife Susanne, 25, backed his protest until the former stripper and mother of their five children decided she had had enough.

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