The bloody act occurred on Monday morning around 10:15 a.m. in the married couple’s apartment in Laakirchen (Gmunden district), confirmed Friedrich Stadlmayr, spokesman for the Upper Austrian State Police Directorate, to OÖNachrichten.
According to initial findings, the 60-year-old had threatened to evict the man from her condominium during an argument. Apparently with suicidal intent, the 66-year-old is said to have swallowed 30 blood pressure-lowering tablets and then stabbed the 60-year-old with a kitchen knife.
The woman barely survived. She was able to break away and call her brother for help, who alerted the rescue team. The suspect also called 911 before the knife attack, an initial report said.
Out of danger
The victim, who is said to have suffered serious injuries in the chest and shoulder area, was operated on at the Salzkammergut Clinic in Gmunden and is not in mortal danger, the police informed in the evening. The man was also initially taken to the hospital because he had taken the pills. The interview followed in the afternoon.
The police spokesman said he “fully confessed” to having stabbed his wife multiple times after an argument. After being questioned by the police, the 66-year-old was transferred to the prison in Wels.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
In Austria, women who experience violence can find help and information at the women’s helpline at: 0800-222-555, www.frauenhelpline.at; at the Association of Autonomous Austrian Women’s Shelters (AÖF) at www.aoef.at; the Vienna Intervention Center against Violence in the Family/Violence Protection Center Vienna: www.interventionsstelle-wien.at and the 24-hour women’s emergency number of the City of Vienna: 01-71719 as well as the women’s shelter emergency number on 057722 and the Austrian Violence Protection Centers: 0800/700-217; Police emergency number: 133
Are you in a desperate situation and need help? Talk to other people about it. The Ministry of Health’s suicide prevention portal offers help for people with suicidal thoughts and their relatives. Contact details for aid organizations in Austria can be found at www.suizid-praevention.gv.at.
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