A group of pensioners has been accused of kidnapping and torturing a financial adviser who lost over €2m of their savings.
The pensioners, nicknamed the "Geritol Gang" by police after an arthritis drug, face up to 15 years in jail if found guilty of subjecting German-American James Amburn to the alleged four-day ordeal.
Two of them are said to have hit him with a Zimmer frame outside his home in Speyer, western Germany, before he was driven 300 miles to a home on the shores of a lake in Bavaria.
Mr Amburn (56) says he was burned with cigarettes, beaten, had ribs broken, was hit with a chair leg and chained up "like an animal".
25 June 2009
It shouldn't happen to a financial adviser ...
Maybe it's my age but I can't help feeling a certain glow of satsfaction on reading this tale of derring-do: