Nov 15, 2013 12:03 PM by Associated Press

Spain prosecutor defends jail time for pianist

GIRONA, Spain (AP) - A prosecutor has defended her demand for jail time for a 27-year-old concert pianist and the musician's parents who were sued by a neighbor for allegedly causing years of noise pollution.

Prosecutor Emma Ruiz says professional pianist Laia Martin should serve 16 months for pollution plus another four months for causing her neighbor "psychological harm."

Ruiz also asked that Martin be disqualified from any professional piano playing for six months.

The case has caused a storm of ridicule and disbelief due to the harshness of the sentence being sought.

Martin wiped away a tear in court Friday but declined to comment as the case wound up. The presiding judge is expected to issue a verdict within two weeks.

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