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'Career criminal' arrested for elderly couple murder

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'Career criminal' arrested for elderly couple murder
Dariusz K. Photo: Police
12:28 CEST+02:00
A suspect has been arrested nearly three weeks after the brutal murder of an elderly couple in Donaustadt, Vienna.

A 29-year-old Polish man, Dariusz K., was arrested in Düsseldorf in Germany on Monday. He will be extradited to Austria within the next few days. 

Police detectives from several European countries had been on his trail for days, according to a report in the Kronen Zeitung newspaper.

Dariusz K. had called friends using different mobile phones and had also been communicating with them via Facebook.

He was already a wanted man after having committed several violent crimes throughout Europe. It’s thought he is guilty of at least one other murder, in Holland.

Elderly Viennese couple Gerhard and Erna K. were murdered on May 21st. They were found stabbed and bludgeoned to death. The woman’s body was naked and the Latin phrase ‘tantum ergo’ (‘Why this?’) had been written on her body in paint. Her 75-year-old husband, a former mechanic and SPÖ district councillor (75), had been stabbed in the head, neck and upper body.

The couple’s car was found three days after the murder, just nine km away in Raasdorf, Upper Austria. A stolen bank card had been used to withdraw money from a local bank, where Dariusz K. was filmed by a surveillance camera. Using DNA evidence from the crime scene and the car, police were able to identify him from a criminal register.

Police said that he is a repeat offender who wanders around Europe in search of his next victims.

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