Swedish man arrested for scaling Sydney Opera House

A young Swede was apprehended by police in Australia last week for trying to scale one of the country’s best-known landmarks.

Twenty-year-old Sebastian Tovi, who has been in Australia on a working holiday for several weeks, told Sydney police after the incident, “We really wanted to climb the Opera House,” The Australian reports.

The incident began at around 2:00 on Tuesday morning, when Tovi decided to climb onto the Opera House from the roof of the adjacent Guillaume at Bennelong restaurant. The young Swede was able to make it to the highest point of the building’s trademark sails, according to reports.

Sebastian’s brother Wilhelm told the media that the incident was probably fuelled by an excessive amount of drinking: “I think he was partying with friends, maybe he was a little drunk, I don’t know. But the guards saw him and apprehended him when he got down. I don’t know why he did it, I guess it just happened,” The Local reports.

Wilhelm went on to add, “It’s not like him. He doesn’t usually do these kinds of things back home.”

Sebastian was convicted of trespassing in Downing Centre Local Court on Friday and was granted a one-year good behaviour bond.

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