Saturday, 28. March 2015
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".
Semmering Offers 50% Discount To Selected Heroes
The Magic Mountain Semmering will hold two Weeks of Heroes from 1st to 14th March as Panhans Holding Group says thank you to safety and well-being volunteers and professionals.
Skier Survived Almost Two Hours Buried Alive
A skier had a miracle escape after being buried under two metres of snow for nearly two hours during an avalanche in Austria, it was revealed last night.
Puppies Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase In Back Of Van
A litter of puppies destined for a dog farm was rescued after being found stuffed inside suitcases in the back of a van.
Kangaroo That Hopped It Spotted In Garden
Austrian police investigating reports of an escaped kangaroo have been given concrete proof after a local woman managed to photograph the animal in her back garden.
First Images Of Eurovision Stage
These are the first images of the design for the Eurovision Song Contest stage unveiled in the Austrian capital Vienna which is the home of last year's winner Conchita Wurst.
Russian Mafia Boss Nabbed At Vienna Railway Station
A Russian mobster wanted for a string of brutal murders was arrested in the gentile Austrian capital Vienna when commandos swooped as he went to buy a train ticket.
Teen Girls Arrested After Offering Themselves To IS Fighters
Austrian officials who recently cracked down on terrorism by arresting several people believed to be recruiting and fundraising for ISIS have revealed two more teenage girls tried to leave the country to marry terrorist fighters.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Conchita Wurst Graces This Years Life Ball Poster|
|Curvy Conwoman With A Lot Of Front Busted By Cops|
|Uncle Hung Boy From Fence As Punishment|
|Tree House Takes Root In Italian Town|
|Handsome Policeman Causes Stampede Of Female Admirers|
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.