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Austria sees run of incidents involving asylum seekers
The trial begins today into a fatal stabbing of an asylum seeker in Praterstern. Photo: ORF

Austria sees run of incidents involving asylum seekers

The Local · 8 Aug 2016, 17:48

Published: 08 Aug 2016 17:47 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Aug 2016 17:48 GMT+02:00

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The man reportedly started groping and fondling one of two young women out walking with their prams in Lower Austria.

When the second young mum tried to stop him, he had attacked her instead and reportedly tried to rip off her dress. Together the women managed to shout and attract attention and the man ran off, but was arrested a short while later by police.

Police say he is a 20-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan, who arrived in Austria in the spring, and is currently being held in investigative custody.

The incident in St. Georgen am Ybbsfelde follows a dozen or so similar incidents involving a small minority of asylum seekers in Austria this year that, having been widely covered by the media, have boosted support for the far-right Freedom Party.

In other incidents last week, in the town of Wolfsberg in Carinthia a 29-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan was arrested and detained after attacking his 21-year-old girlfriend with a knife. According to the Krone newspaper, he was angry she could not stop her infant son from crying.

In a third incident in the city of Mödling, a group of young asylum seekers reportedly groped a girl in the restroom of a restaurant.

The young woman was also licked on her face by the group of men, according to Krone, but after she struggled and screamed, the group left. 

The mayor of Mödling has said he is fed up with some young, unaccompanied refugees from Afghanistan causing similar problems.

Meanwhile, a court case begins this week of a man who stabbed and killed an asylum seeker who tried to help a woman in Vienna last September. 

According to media reports at the time, the stabbing took place after two Algerian asylum seekers had gone to the aid of a woman who was arguing with two Serbian men, one of whom pushed her.

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A fight ensued and one of the Algerians - a 37-year-old - was stabbed, including in the eye, and died in hospital the next day. His 35-year-old friend was also stabbed but survived after several hours of emergency surgery. 

In court today, the defendant said: "It happened because of stupidity."

Story courtesy of Central European News


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