An 18-year-old man from Styria will stand emotionless before the court in Graz on Monday. He is accused of pushing two schoolgirls onto the tracks at a train station in eastern Styria. Just that way. They were accidental victims. He also strangled a girl with a luggage stretcher. “Just a joke,” he explains. The psychiatrist recommends admission.
The 18-year-old appeared in court in black. He is handcuffed and taken out of custody by two prison guards. The allegations are huge. The 18-year-old is said to have pushed two schoolgirls onto the track at a train station. Just that way. The 13-year-old has just finished school. When they tried to climb up, he pushed them back down. He then strangled one of the girls with a ratchet strap.
“What if a train had come?” Judge Kornelia Philipp asks him. “Then I would have raised her again,” says the Styrian unemotionally. “It wasn’t right, I know. It was just meant as a joke.”
“It Can Be Deadly”
That leaves even psychiatric expert Manfred Walzl almost speechless. “Throwing someone on the track and strangling someone with an expander can be fatal. And you’re smiling all the time here.” The suspect shrugs. According to Walzl, the 18-year-old suffers from a personality disorder. “He is emotionally unstable and very impulsive.” He thinks therapy in prison makes sense.
The judge follows the advice. 23 months in jail plus incarceration. The Styrian accepts the verdict.