At the age of 13 – serial offender (17) as a taxi robber in court

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Last year, a 17-year-old from Linz was on trial for setting fire to a police car with his accomplices. On Thursday, the young man will be tried again at the regional court in Linz, he is said to have robbed a taxi with friends and beat up the driver.

The case made headlines across Austria in November as it was part of a series of robberies and thefts by mostly underage offenders in Upper Austria. The now accused Linzer was part of this loosely connected gang.

Taxi driver beaten up
According to the indictment, he and the two 13-year-olds – a boy and a girl – took a taxi in Linz on the night of November 9. The three young people then allowed themselves to be driven to Kronstorf. There, the well-known 13-year-old boy allegedly forged a gun in his jacket pocket and threatened to shoot the 55-year-old taxi driver if he did not give them his car.

Up to five years in prison
But that’s not all: the two boys together allegedly beat up the driver and drove him out of his vehicle. The trio then drove off in their car. On the way, according to the indictment, the youths broke into a supermarket and a gas station – they needed oil because they damaged the stolen taxi and the car was leaking oil. The 17-year-old is charged with theft and burglary by the Linz public prosecutor’s office and could receive up to five years in prison.

Charged again
Appearing in court is not a first for the accused. The then 16-year-old was in court in March 2021 because he had set fire to a police car as part of a gang and was sentenced to seven months in prison, two of which were unconditional. The boy had “learned a lot” of everything, as his lawyer said at the time. How much do you see by his behavior!

Source: Krone

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