A German DIY enthusiast accidentally walled himself into his own
basement and only managed to escape by drilling his way through to his
neighbours, police said Thursday.
The 64-year-old pensioner in the eastern town of Gumperda had --
inexplicably -- aimed to seal off the entrance to his cellar and went
downstairs armed with bricks, mortar as well as food and drink.
"Whoops, you could say," the police station in nearby Kahla said in a
statement. "He was on the wrong side of the wall when his work was
The pensioner, whose name was not released, spent the weekend trapped
in the basement but on Monday decided to take action.
Using a drill hammer, he went to work not on his own wall but on the
firewall separating his home from his neighbours'.
The neighbours, with whom the pensioner had already been quarrelling
for months, called the police when they heard the loud drilling.
Officers were waiting for the hobby handyman when he broke through to
the other side.