Tuesday, 02. September 2014
21. 05. 14. - 16:00
Austria is facing a justice scandal after it has emerged that a 74-year-old mentally ill prisoner was left with rotting feet in his cell and was only treated after guards smelled the decay.
The prisoner in the Krems-Stein prison suffers from severe psychological problems but is reported to be a 'difficult inmate' who has refused care. He is serving a jail sentence for attemped murder and has been in prison since 1995.
In an interview with Falter, where the story was first published, Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstetter said that "it was a disaster" and that "such a thing should not happen".
The Minister has said that the three officials who were responsible for the care were suspended from duty. He also declared that the case is symptomatic of more general structural weaknesses in prisons that "we must root out" and has set up a working group to evaluate the situation this year.
Director for the prison Bruno Sladek has said that high number of prisoners that need extra care puts pressure on staff. "We unfortunately have many extremely difficult prisoners. At full occupancy we can't watch everybody all the time," he said. "That is a huge burden for the staff."
Sladek said that the number of mentally ill prisoners is high in the prison - out of a total of 820 inmates, 115 of them suffer from mental illness. As well as this, the number of older prisoners is increasing steadily.
The man's feet were noticed in March after months of going untreated, and he has now received treatment in the infirmary and they are healing. He is at the end of May expected to moved to a "different, small unit".
Three Family Members Dead In Well Tragedy
A mother has lost her husband, her pregnant daughter and her son-in-law after a tragic accident where one of them fell into a well and the other two died while trying to carry out a failed rescue.
Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.
Mum And Daughter Struck By Lightning In Pool
A mother and her daughter were hospitalised after they were struck by lightning – in a swimming pool.
Police Nab Porn Star Who Filmed In Local Church
A woman accused of making a porn movie in a local church has been caught after an informant tipped off police that he recognised her by her breasts after an appeal for information.
Young Hip Hop Dancer Gets 18 Years For Drug Smuggling
A blonde hip hop dancer and charity worker promised an international career after she was spotted by a talent scout has been jailed for 18 years in Indonesia after her work offer turned out to have been part of an elaborate drugs con.
Teen Dying Of Cancer Killed At Charity Event After Ride In Porsche Goes Wrong
The family of a sick boy who was offered a trip in a high-performance Porsche because he was dying of cancer is suing the charity after the Porsche he was travelling in crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.
Japanese Pervert Planned Natascha Kampusch Style Kidnap
A Japanese man inspired by Austrian pervert Wolfgang Priklopil kidnapped a 10-year-old girl and kept her in a purpose-built cellar where he planned to train her to become the perfect wife.
German Hiker Yodels For Help After Getting Trapped In Cattle Grid
A portly hiker dressed in traditional Lederhosen was rescued after he yodeled for help after getting stuck for three hours in a cattle grid.
Austrian Wine Grower Sets New Record For Maturing Grapes
An award-winning Austrian winegrower is believed to have set a new record after leaving harvested grapes for an incredible nine months before fermenting them to create an ultra-sweet white and red wine.
Austrian Castle Owner Shocked By Airplane Wheel In Duck Pond
An Austrian castle owner got a shock after discovering this massive aircraft wheel had landed in his duck pond.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt|
|Political Gun Fight Staged By Russian Child Models|
|Hair Today Gone Tomorrow As Woman Auctions 2 Metre Mop|
|VIDEO How I Butchered Mum-to-Be To Steal Baby|
|Woman Robbed Blind After Gunman Fires At Her Face|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.