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January 17, 2022



Slovakia: Drunken, knife-wielding man threatens to kill Romani children for being in a park and is now in custody

23.7.2021 7:00
A police vehicle in Slovakia. (PHOTO:  Wikimedia Commons)
A police vehicle in Slovakia. (PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons)

A 64-year-old man wielding a knife threatened a group of juveniles in a park in Senica, Slovakia on Tuesday - according to police who responded from the regional seat in Trnava, the assailant was bothered by the youngsters having fun. The man decided to pull a knife on the group and threaten them with death while commenting on their Romani origin.

The assailant is currently in custody and faces up to three years in prison if convicted for his actions. According to the police from Trnava, he is said to have adopted a "fighting stance" and then challenged the oldest member of the small group to a fight.

Police were called to the scene, where they immediately arrested the man and gave him a breath alcohol test that found his saturation was 1.5 parts per thousand. The man was placed in a holding cell for preliminary detention and then charged.

Because the man already has a criminal record of violence, the detective in charge filed a motion for him to be remanded into custody while awaiting trial. If successfully prosecuted on the current charges, the main faces up to three years in prison for the offense of committing violence against a group of people.

Štefan Balog, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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