BERLIN (AP) — A German court has fined three bank customers for failing to help an elderly man who collapsed in a bank branch and later died.
The Essen district court handed the defendants, a woman and two men, fines ranging from 2,400 to 3,600 euros ($2,865 to $4,300).
Police said surveillance camera footage showed four people walking past or over him as he lay on the floor. The fourth person faces separate proceedings.
The 83-year-old man collapsed as he used a banking terminal on a public holiday last October.
Only after about 20 minutes did another customer call emergency services. The man was taken to a hospital but died a few days later.
News agency dpa reported that the defendants testified Monday they had thought he was a sleeping homeless man.