November 2 marked the second anniversary of the attack in downtown Vienna. The trial against accused helpers of the Viennese assassin will be continued in the Vienna Regional Court on December 2nd. A 35-year-old stateless person is now on trial for endorsing the gruesome bloodbath. Although he suffers from chronic schizophrenia, he is never committed to an institution.
“Hopefully more will die!” – a 35-year-old posted this under an Instagram post from “Krone”. A contribution to commemorate the victims and their families of the terrorist attack in Vienna. According to the prosecutor, a request and endorsement of a punishable act. “I thought Austria is a country with free opinions,” said the 35-year-old in Vienna Regional Court. “Assassins should die.” He also meant people like the assassin in his post: “I looked at the video and just laughed at the idiot . I thought the assassins should die.” Judge Marion Hohenecker finds that less amusing: “What’s there to laugh about?” – “It was a sad situation anyway,” admits the accused Judge Marion Hohenecker considers the incident with police officers to be implausible. Two officers knocked on the 35-year-old’s door because of noise pollution. “The police officers say that you greeted them with a punch in the face,” Hohenecker confronts the man, who says he was the victim of violence by the officers. They threatened him with a pistol and pepper spray at the same time for no reason. “Five or six people tried to arrest me. I didn’t offer any resistance,” said the accused. Symptoms of chronic schizophrenia The bruises and other injuries of a police officer paint a different picture. He also recognized the 960 euros in pain and suffering after a conversation with his defense attorney. He turns to the victim: “Excuse me, I’m mentally ill. I was of unsound mind that day. I’m sorry that I put up a bit of resistance.” – The 35-year-old has suffered from schizophrenia since childhood. According to experts, however, he was sane both when creating the Instagram post and when attacking the police officers. Thanks to medication and depot injections, he was sufficiently adjusted. Judge Marion Hohenecker sentenced him to 20 months in prison.