Tuesday, 30. September 2014
25. 01. 13. - 18:00
The 41-year-old who set a pizzeria on fire in Hart near Graz (Stiria) has been sentenced to four years in prison. The accused protested his innocence to the very end.
The man who was born in Egypt was charged with arson and attempted treachery. He is suspected of having set the pizza-stand on fire to claim money from the insurance because his business was struggling and a sale had failed.
In setting the fire, he severely burnt his hands and upper-body and spent 19 day in coma.
On the first day of the trial back in August, the defendant denied his involvement and told the court he was threatened and robbed and that two unknown individuals had then used petrol to set the premise on fire.
The accused also told the court on Wednesday that the fire was an act of revenge for dismissing a waitress.
He once again dismissed the allegations that he owned money to the tax office. Defence said: "He's from Egypt, and there, there is no accountancy. So of course, everyone looks and sees that he doesn't record turnover so he doesn't pay tax."
The fact that the 41-year-old was threatened was confirmed indirectly by a witness recently when the court heard the pizza-maker had got into a row with the wrong people who said: "You're hut is going to burn."
Another witness told the court that once, two southerners who clearly wanted to buy the pizza-stand had driven up and left green with anger because the Egyptian wasn't there.
The court didn't believe this and the defendant was found guilty. He was sentenced to four years in prison but immediately appealed for nullity, and the judgement is therefore final.
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.
Pat On The Back From Manure Explosive
A traffic cop in Austria got more than he bargained for after a booby trap covered him head-to-toe in manure as he was trying to catch people speeding.
Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.
Perversion of a Medical Dream
The Decline and Fall of the Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna.
Fat Can Be Used To Burn Off Weight After New Patent Unveiled
It is being hailed as a sensation after scientists at an Austrian university patented a method that transforms fat storing cells into mini factories capable of actually destroying fat by burning it off.
Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.
Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.
Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning – in a swimming pool.
Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.
Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Porn Scandal Over Latvian PM Press Aide|
|Tragic Schoolboy Aged 11 Leaps To His Death|
|Evil Dad Hunted By Cops After Beating Son To Force Wife Back|
|High Speed Segway Chase Nabs Crook|
|Bystander Almost Killed When Car Explodes|
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.