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Man hurls toilet bowl at special forces police

Austrian special police commandos were called out to a village in Carinthia after a violent dispute between a local craftsman and a farmer got out of control - only to have a toilet bowl thrown at them.

Man hurls toilet bowl at special forces police
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The 24-year-old craftsman – who had had far too much to drink – fell out with his neighbour, a 59-year-old farmer in Moosburg on Wednesday night.

He jumped over a fence and kicked and punched the farmer, threatening to kill him. The farmer’s sons came to his aid and managed to pull the drunken man off their father.

Several Cobra police officers arrived shortly afterwards to question the 24-year-old, who became very aggressive towards them and went inside his house with his pit bull.

When police tried to enter the house he began hurling objects at them from a first floor window – including a barbell and a toilet bowl. Two policemen were injured.

Two officers managed to scale a balcony and enter the house but were then attacked with a baseball bat. They managed to overpower the man and arrest him, also taking his dog into custody.

The man was left to sober up overnight in a prison cell in Ferlach police station and is expected to be questioned on Thursday.

The farmer was not seriously injured and was treated in the outpatient clinic of the local hospital.

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CRIME

Austrian people smuggler jailed over deaths of Syrians in minivan

An Austrian court on Monday sentenced a people smuggler to seven years in prison over the deaths of two Syrians who suffocated in the crammed minivan he was driving, Austria's news agency reported.

Austrian people smuggler jailed over deaths of Syrians in minivan

The bodies of the two men were discovered last October when Austrian authorities stopped and searched a van at the border with Hungary.

Thirty people in total were crammed in the vehicle, whose driver fled the scene but was later arrested in Latvia and extradited.

The 19-year-old Latvian was found guilty of people smuggling and causing fatal injuries, but was not found guilty of murder, APA reported.

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He said he would accept the verdict, but the prosecution can still appeal it, APA said.

A court spokeswoman could not immediately be reached by AFP. 

Austria’s interior ministry announced in May that police had smashed a group believed to have smuggled tens of thousands of mostly Syrians, including the two found suffocated, from Hungary to Austria.

A total of 205 people suspected to be linked to the group have been arrested in central and eastern Europe, the ministry said.

Those smuggled, including children, were trying to reach western European countries, including Germany and France.

The October discovery of the dead men recalled a dire event in August 2015 when 71 people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan suffocated in the back of an air-tight van where they had been hidden by people smugglers.

The bodies, including those of three children and a baby, were discovered in Austria but they had died while still on the other side of the border.

Almost four years later, the Hungarian courts sentenced their smugglers to life imprisonment.

The emotion aroused by that tragedy triggered a brief opening of the borders to hundreds of thousands of people wishing to reach Western Europe.

But Austria and other European countries have since fortified borders to stop people smuggling.

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