Friday, 24. October 2014
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A Romanian builder has been jailed for 10 years after he was refused a young entrepreneur loan to start a new business, but then came back later and terrorised a bank clerk into opening the safe so he could make an unauthorised 250,000 GBP withdrawal.
According to prosecutors in Wiener Neustadt south of the capital Vienna, Wasilica Balcescu, now aged 37, had then fled back to Romania where he used the money to start up what is now a successful building firm.
But DNA taken from a mask found near the bank in Leobersdorf in Lower Austria was later put into a European database which identified him, and an arrest warrant was issued.
He denies the charges but was convicted after the judge ruled that his defence that the evidence against him was a "coincidence".
Sentencing judge Birgit Borns said: "If this was a coincidence, then it was coincidentally the most coincidental of all coincidences."
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Alpine Trains Venture Into Space As The Final Frontier
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MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.
Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
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Farmer Cleared Over Wolf Shooting
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Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.
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