The man is said to have shot his mother’s partner, who was 20 years older than him, and then barricaded himself in a house. The lay judges decided unanimously that the person concerned acted in a state of insanity.
The 42-year-old is said to have killed the man on April 20th with a handgun in his mother’s single-family home in Melk. “I was crazy,” the person affected said several times in retrospect. He went down from the first floor towards the kitchen with the gun, saw his stepfather reading the newspaper and immediately fired at him. “I did that as if I was being hypnotized by remote control. I was no longer in control of my senses, it was like I was in a trance.” The 42-year-old then had suicidal thoughts, but he dismissed them.
“I had reality distortion”
According to the prosecutor, the 62-year-old was shot in the head “at close range.” After the crime, the victim barricaded himself in for hours. The area was cordoned off over a large area and the Cobra special unit arrived. The victim was taken out of the building by emergency services, but died on the spot from his serious injuries.
Members of the East negotiating group tried to persuade the 42-year-old to give up. During this time, the man is said to have fired four times at Cobra members. He aimed at shin height and hoped it would have a “deterrent effect” because he assumed that this was “not the right police,” said the person affected. “I had reality distortion.”
As a result, the officers shot in the direction of the man – “in obvious self-defense,” as the executive emphasized. Ultimately, the injured 42-year-old was arrested and taken to the hospital.
“Nothing to sugarcoat”
The victim later made a confession. He received the weapon from a neighbor and possessed it illegally. Expert Werner Brosch certified that the 42-year-old was mentally incompetent at the time of the crime. The expert explained that this was paranoid schizophrenia, which was accompanied by a belief in “secret powers”. According to Brosch, there is a risk that the person affected will again find themselves in a state in which they are “highly dangerous for uninvolved people, including passers-by.” Serious bodily injuries and even homicide are possible.
According to the defense attorney, the placement imposed is in the interests of the client, who wants to continue to undergo adequate treatment. There is “nothing to sugarcoat” about the killing. If he had been sane, the 42-year-old would have been prosecuted for murder, attempted murder and resistance to state authority. The majority of the jury answered the relevant main questions in the affirmative.
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