A man from Geneva Switzerland has been convicted of manslaughter after trying to remove a wasps nest from the terrace of a friends' home when he disturbed the nest and one wasp fatally stung his neighbor who was allergic to them.
The disturbed wasps swarmed towards a couple that was out on a terrace next door, stinging both of them.
The woman was stung on her head and her arms but was, for the most part, unharmed. Her husband, on the other hand, went into anaphylactic shock and died just two days later.
A decision in the Federal Court of Swizerland, said that the man should have taken precautionary measures when removing the nest and he should have known that wasp stings can be fatal to susceptible people.
The defendant said that he didn't expect anyone to be outside due to the weather being so cold at the time.
His lawyer also added that there were no legal requirements that should have been fulfilled before the removal of a wasps nest.
The court dismissed all of his explanations and ruled that he was negligent in removed the nest carelessly and the death of his neighbor could have been prevented, it was ruled.
The defendant was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and bodily injury and has so far been given a conditional sentence of 90 days in jail.