The Italian Almanac

dead hand

Dead Hand

An Italian man must serve 15 months in jail for using the so-called 'dead hand' trick to cop a feel of a girl's thigh on a bus, Italy's highest appeals court ruled. The 56-year-old Sicilian pretended to be asleep while allowing his hand to flop onto the thigh of the girl sitting next to him on a bus from Palermo to Trapani.

The Cassation court said the man merited his jail term despite the fact that the girl did not react verbally to the assault but instead changed seats and called her brother on her cellphone. The brother waited for the bus to arrive at its stop and then confronted the molester, who apologised and said it would not happen again.

The pair reported the man for sexual violence.