Insane, a 42-year-old man from Lower Austria shot down the door of his neighbor’s apartment in Wörgl. But several guardian angels probably saved the woman’s life. Now it came to the trial in Tyrol …
She had to fear for her life – and didn’t know why! In the middle of the February night in Wörgl, the Tyrolean neighbor (42) suddenly stood in front of her apartment and fired a long rifle into the door. The woman was just missed. “I didn’t want to kill her, I wanted to save her. I heard voices in her apartment,” says the Lower Austrian-born software developer. The man was finally arrested after an hour and a warning shot by the alarmed police.
“The person involved was not of sound mind at the time of the crime,” explained the forensic psychiatrist, testifying to a paranoid personality disorder. In addition to some personal fate, the corona pandemic probably also played an important role in the psychotic derailment. “He dealt with various conspiracy theories, was scared and felt threatened,” said the expert. When the stars in the sky were no longer visible (due to fog) that February night, he apparently believed in the end of the world.
No attempted murder, but conditional incarceration
The jury unanimously ruled that it was not attempted murder. However, because he had resisted state authority and, if left untreated, further criminal offenses are quite possible, the person concerned was admitted to an institution for mentally abnormal lawbreakers. But since the 42-year-old has now admitted to being ill and the medication seems to be paying off, this has been checked under certain conditions.