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Sutil receives an 18-month suspended sentence and fine for causing grievous bodily harm

posted 31 Jan 2012, 10:18 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 31 Jan 2012, 10:19 ]

Former Force India Formula One driver Adrian Sutil receives an 18-month suspended sentence and 200,000 euro($262,300) fine for causing grievous bodily harm.

MUNICH, GERMANY (JANUARY 30, 2012) (RTL) - 
Former Force India Formula One driver Adrian Sutil was found guilty of bodily harm by a Munich court on Tuesday (January 31) and given an 18-month suspended sentence and 200,000 euro fine for a night club brawl in China last year.
The German, who has yet to find a race seat this year, was found guilty of injuring Eric Lux, chief executive of Renault F1

team owners Genii Capital, in a Shanghai nightclub after the Chinese Grand Prix, Judge Christiane Thiemann said.


Lux needed several stitches for a neck wound after Sutil injured him with a champagne glass.

The Renault team has since been renamed Lotus while Force India have already announced Germany's Nico Hulkenberg as Sutil's replacement.


Only one team, HRT, still has a clear vacancy for the season starting in Australia on March 18 but Sutil - who finished ninth overall in F1 last year - could still have a chance of landing a reserve role.


Sutil had told the court on the first day of proceedings on Monday that he had repeatedly apologised to Lux and denied it

was his intention to hurt him but rather to throw a drink in his face.


The prosecution, however, had asked for a 21-month sentence and a 300,000 euro fine, saying that as a professional athlete Sutil should not have acted that way.


"Pushing someone away with a glass is adventurous and not in line with our experience of life," prosecutor Nicole Selzam told the court.


"Professional athletes play a role model function in public life and such incidents should not occur."

The fine will be paid to charities.


The court had also wanted to hear from McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who won the race in China and was in the night club at

the time, but the 2008 world champion was excused due to team commitments.

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