Man killed by folding sofa

A RUSSIAN woman in St Petersburg killed her drunk husband with a folding sofa, it was reported yesterday.
St Petersburg’s Channel Five television station said that the woman, who was upset with her husband for being drunk and refusing to get up, kicked a handle on the sofa after an argument.

In doing so, she activated a mechanism that folds the sofa up against a wall.

The sofa, which doubles as a bed, folds up automatically in order to save space.

The man fell between the mattress and the back of the sofa, Channel Five quoted emergency workers as saying. The woman then walked out of the room and returned three hours later to check on what she thought was an unusually quiet, sleeping husband.

Police refused to comment.

The St Petersburg emergency services ministry said that a private rescue service removed the man’s body.

Video on the television channel’s website showed emergency workers sawing away the side panels of a sofa to remove a man in his underwear lying headfirst between the cushions.

Emergency workers said the man had died instantly.

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