Power delay prompts officer to beat clerk

A delay in providing electricity to a newly constructed building was enough to trigger a wild physical attack from an off-duty policeman in Katerini, northern Greece, authorities said yesterday. Police said a police officer, who has not been identified, has been accused of attacking a 40-year-old town planning clerk on Tuesday after discovering that his mother’s application for electricity was delayed due to some missing paperwork. The policeman, who was on sick leave from Athens, went to the town planning office with his brother, where the two of them beat up the clerk in front of his colleagues. A senior local police official confirmed the attack took place. The two men will face charges of causing physical harm and verbal abuse.

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