Spain court acquits pianist of 'noise pollution

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[November 27, 2013]  MADRID (AP) A Spanish court has acquitted a 27-year-old concert pianist on charges of causing noise pollution and psychological damage to a neighbor.

According to a written ruling issued on Tuesday, the court in northeastern Girona absolved professional pianist Laia Martin and her parents of both charges.

The trial this month caused a storm when prosecutors sought a sentence of seven years. They later reduced this to 20 months.

Martin's upstairs neighbor, Sonia Bosom, complained that the pianist practiced five days a week for eight hours at a sitting between 2003 and 2007. The court said it found Bosom's claims unreliable and exaggerated.

[Associated Press]

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