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Czech Republic: Man dies after being shot with an arrow, allegedly during robbery, media claims he was Romani

Ostrava, 4.5.2012 18:11, (ROMEA)
The man, aged 23, immediately lost consciousness. He was transported to hospital in critical condition with a 30 centimeter portion of the arrow still sticking out of his head. He has now passed away. (PHOTO:  Emergency Medical Service of the Moravian-Silesian Region)

A man who was shot in the head with a crossbow, allegedly while committing a robbery at the end of April in the town of Chotěbuz (Karviná district), passed away early this morning at Ostrava Teaching Hospital. Hospital spokesperson Tomáš Oborný gave the news to the Czech Press Agency today. The man who fired the crossbow originally faced charges of grievous bodily harm, but the case will now be reclassified as one of grievous bodily harm resulting in a fatality, Zlatuše Viačková, spokesperson for the Karviná Police, told the Czech Press Agency.

The defendant faces up to 16 years in prison. Viačková said the case would be taken over by regional police detectives.

The defendant shot the alleged thief last Thursday. According to the Czech Press Agency, three men were allegedly set on robbing a particular house in Chotěbuz which appears to be unoccupied. However, the man who runs his business out of the house decided to defend his property with a crossbow. "When he saw the three Romani men last Thursday, he shot at one of them with a crossbow and struck him in the head," news server iDNES.cz described the tragic event.

The 23-year-old man immediately fell unconscious. He was transported to hospital with about 30 centimeters of the arrow sticking out of his head.

A crossbow was also used several years ago to attack a recidivist who entered the garden of Oldřich Doskočil near Plzeň. Thieves had repeatedly robbed his cottage, so he installed a crossbow that could be triggered by anyone entering the property. The device injured the man and a court found Doskočil guilty in 2005 of unauthorized weapons possession. However, due to his advanced age, ill health and clean criminal record, the court did not punish him.

ČTK, Gwendolyn Albert, Zdeněk Ryšavý, ryz, Czech Press Agency, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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