Author: Lucio Cadeddu - TNT Italy
Published: December, 2020
We audiophiles love loud music, right? It gives us goosebumps and chills down our spine, and there's nothing we can do about it! And we do know how annoying our neighbors can become. Would you believe that an 82 year old man has died in prison while being jailed for playing Classical FM too loud? Believe or not, that's what happened to poor Mr. Ian Trainer, of Aintree, a small village in the County of Merseyside, UK.
Mr. Trainer had been jailed in February, released and then jailed again for a period of 24 weeks, because he breached the conditions of a restraining order that was given to him in 2019. The reason? He used to listen to Classic FM, an FM station that broadcasts just classical music, at a level considered too high by his neighbor. That level was, hear hear!, above 65 dB during evening/night hours (between 9 and 10 p.m.). You know quite well that 65 dB is the normal level of a conversation, nothing too annoying indeed (well, that depends on the kind of conversation!). It was just classical music, not something like a Megadeth live album played at 100 dB!
The point is that Mr. Trainer seemed not to care much for his neighbor's moanings. Moreover, because of some kind of medical treatment, he couldn't use headphones and, what's worse, his hearing was far from being perfect. Hence he told court he liked playing music “at a level I enjoy”. A statement reported in court said Mr. Trainer was suffering from a bad cold and could only hear in one ear.
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