A German court says it is giving an 82-year-old man a "last warning" to avoid jail after he was found guilty of drug dealing, despite 24 previous convictions.
The retired seaman, who said he wanted to improve his meagre 800-euro ($855) monthly pension by selling marijuana, was handed a suspended sentence by a court in the northern town of Aurich on Monday.
German news agency dpa reported that prosecutors had asked the court to impose a prison term of 34 months in view of the man's lengthy criminal record and an existing suspended sentence.
But judges said they would make an exception and classify the latest crimes as “less serious offenses” due to the man's particular circumstances and recent health problems.
Dpa quoted the presiding judge telling the defendant that it was his “very last warning.”