Headshot victim absconds from hospital

A Serbian man has absconded from hospital, just two weeks after being shot in the head by his brother outside a Billa supermarket in Vienna.

Headshot victim absconds from hospital
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According to a report in the Kronen Zeitung newspaper the 31-year-old man slipped out of Meidling hospital after morning rounds on Saturday. Police told the Austria Press Agency on Sunday that they were looking for a patient who was connected to the shooting.

He was shot on the evening of February 24th in Purkytgasse, Liesing, and had to be put in an artificial coma whilst doctors operated on his head injury.

His 35-year-old brother, named as Zarko J., shot him after the pair argued. Zarko J. had been in prison for robbery but had been transferred to a psychiatric hospital in Amstetten in January after he was deemed to be a suicide risk. However he escaped from the hospital and moved into an apartment belonging to his brother’s wife.

He was arrested two days after the shooting. Police said that the brothers had been fighting because the older sibling refused to move out of the apartment. Zarko J. told police that he had been planning to move abroad. He was found with drugs, a bag full of mobile phones and €22,000 in cash.

The younger brother was not under police observation, although he was found with a Glock pistol which had been stolen in a robbery in Wiener Neustadt. He told police he had bought it at a flea market.

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Vienna: How to get up to €1,000 to buy a cargo bike

Austria's capital is offering to subsidise the purchase of cargo bikes (electric or not) for private individuals. Here's how to apply for the funds.

Vienna: How to get up to €1,000 to buy a cargo bike

If you are considering purchasing a transport bicycle and live in Vienna – where those bikes are becoming more popular – you can apply for up to €1,000 in financial support from the City of Viena.

“Transport bicycles are bicycles with added value. They can carry the weekly shopping, the things needed for an excursion, or children after a day out at a playground. All this without emitting harmful emissions. A win-win situation for people and the climate,” said Martin Blum, Managing Director of the Vienna Mobility Agency.

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The purchase of cargo bikes for private individuals is subsidised by up to €1,000. In addition, “special bikes” such as wheelchair cargo bikes or wheelchair rickshaws, mainly used to transport people with walking disabilities, will also be subsidised.

“In order to advance climate protection in Vienna, a variety of measures are needed. In addition to expanding public transport, sharing services and cycling infrastructure, we are also promoting transport bicycles,” said Mobility City Councillor Ulli Sima.

How much will the City finance?

Private individuals with their primary residence in Vienna have the opportunity to receive a subsidy. A maximum of 50 percent of the purchase price is refunded.

For transport bicycles without an electric motor, the maximum subsidy is €800. The maximum support for cargo bicycles with an electric motor is €1,000.

The subsidy applies to newly purchased transport bicycles and retroactively.

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Transport bicycles purchased after March 1st 2022, can be submitted for funding. The City of Vienna’s transport bicycle subsidy for private individuals will run until the end of 2026.

How do I apply for the subsidy?

The applications are made online and in two steps.

The first requires applicants to send documents with details on the bike and its cost and their own data, including your proof of residence.

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After the request is approved and you buy your cargo bike, the second step needs to be completed. It involves sending the invoice for the cargo bike, including a picture of it, and other information, including your bank account details, so that the payment can be made to your account.

In other words, the funding comes only after you’ve purchased the bike, but it is confirmed beforehand – so you don’t need to worry about buying a bike and ultimately paying the total price for it.