Friday, 25. April 2014
30. 11. 12. - 10:00
A repeat stalker from Salzburg who despite seven court appearances has not stopped making nuisance phone calls to women has been jailed for 17 months.
After his release from jail on seventeenth of September until he was arrested again on 3 October Roland Sulzberger had managed to target four women with 20 telephone calls late at night.
As a result the 48-year-old unemployed man was in court again in Salzburg where he was jailed for eight months for the latest offence – which means together with the suspended sentence that will now be activated he needs to go to jail for 17 months.
He told the court: "I wanted to talk to the women."
But Judge Manfred Seiss said if he was in court for the first time his excuse might have been accepted, but after numerous court appearances he must have realised that what he was doing was wrong.
Five days after his release he purchased a newspaper and looked inside for the numbers of women who would put adverts there. Although he did not know them he would call up and say "hello, here is Thomas" or "hello, it's Hubert on the telephone".
The court heard that the man had never made threats or said anything particularly obscene although he did confirm that he had phoned up in the night, according to lawyer Roland Garstenauer, defending.
One of the victims told the court that it was extremely unpleasant to get the night-time calls and she had felt worried and lost sleep as a result. A second said that she felt the man was simply having a laugh at her expense.
The accused told the court that he was planning to get psychological help for his problem and he had already made an appointment. The court heard that the man would have liked to have been jailed in a psychiatric Institute but a sentence of this sort was only possible for somebody jailed for more than a year.
But the maximum sentence was stalking is one year and therefore he did not qualify – even though the fact that the two sentences together gave him more than a year inside.
First hybrid buses in Vienna
Wiener Linien is adding it's first hybrid buses to its public transport operation in the next fortnight, in addition to the twelve electric buses introduced into the city centre.
Businesses look to boost trade with Pakistan
Austrian businessmen are increasingly looking to Pakistan as an attractive place to do business, according to an Austrian representative speaking in the Pakistani city of Karachi yesterday.
Playful panda bear cubs at Schoenbrunn Zoo
The latest additions to the panda enclosure at Schoenbrunn Zoo have been enjoying getting to know their toys.
Michael Glawogger dies whilst filming in Africa
The Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger has died whilst filming his latest documentary in Africa. He was 54-years-old.
Deal struck with America Movil over Telekom Austrian ownership
Telecom Austria will receive a 1 billion EUR boost in capital after the Austrian state agreed a deal yesterday with Mexican telecoms company America Movil to combine their shares in a co-ownership agreement.
What is on at Burg Kino this week? (25 April - 1 May)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
Faymann warns against further Russia sanctions
Chancellor Werner Faymann has spoken out in support of moving away from additional sanctions on Russia.
What is on at Haydn Kino this week? (24 April - 30 April)
The following films are on at the English language cinema Haydn Kino on Mariahilfestrasse between 24 April and 30 April:
Gazprom to explore expanding pipeline in Austria
Russia could soon begin constructing their South Stream gas pipeline in Austria after meetings were held this week with Gazprom.
Poacher in Vienna shoots five deer with bow and arrow
A poacher is suspected to have killed five animals in Vienna using a bow and arrow, a hunting weapon that is forbidden throughout Austria.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Austrian Teen Girls Become Pin Ups For Syrian Jihad|
|Angry business leaders say Austria is too expensive|
|Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer|
|Czech canoeist drowns in Austria|
|Austria to house a further 1000 Syrian refugees|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.