A deaf drug addict who strangled five people got away with ten ears.
Al Avago was notorious for strangling his victims with the wire cords from their own ear-phones. In his defence, Avago claimed that as he was trying to get the ear-phones out of the victim's ears it sometimes pulled their ears off.
Later, back at home, he would try these stolen ears out on himself to see if he could hear any better. But none of them seemed to work.
When asked in court if he regretted his vicious behaviour, Avago just said "Pardon?"
His defence lawyer supported his plea for a pardon.
The judge reluctantly agreed to let him off - with a warning about his cheeky behaviour: "Would you like a thick ear?" he admonished him.
Avago's defence lawyer acknowledged that this would be a useful addition to Avago's collection of miscellaneous ears.
The judge told the defence lawyer not to be so flippant - "otherwise I'll box your ears!"
After further heated exchanges, Avago went home with a box full of ears to add to his collection.