A man in Loučovice, south Bohemia has become the first person in the Czech Republic to serve a sentence of “house arrest”, a new form of punishment introduced this year. The man, who is 46, will have to remain at home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for a whole year and is forbidden from drinking alcohol. If he breaks the conditions of his punishment, he will have to serve an eight-month term in jail. His sentence followed a conviction for attacking his partner’s lover. Due to a failure to secure EU funds, electronic tags to monitor criminals at their homes will not arrive in the Czech Republic until 2011. Until then, probation officers have to visit those sentenced at home to make sure they are there.
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