A 49-year-old Tunisian man is suspected of murdering a 32-year-old Hungarian woman and her 15-year-old daughter in Austria. The man was the woman’s partner and is on the run.
A 49-year-old Tunisian man is suspected of murdering a 32-year-old Hungarian woman and her 15-year-old daughter in Austria. The man was the murdered woman’s partner and is on the run, Vienna police spokeswoman Irina Steirer said on Saturday. The suspect is a 49-year-old Tunisian man, Mahmoud N.
The woman and her daughter were found in their home in Vienna on Thursday afternoon, hvg.hu reports. According to the Austrian daily Kronen Zeitung, he autopsy concluded that they had been strangled. Police are treating the case as a criminal offence and the investigation is ongoing.
The murder was discovered after the Hungarian woman’s seven- and nine-year-old sons arrived alone at a doctor’s office. The doctor tried to reach the mother and, when that failed, informed the police. The police found the bodies lying on their stomachs in a locked, darkened bedroom in Vienna’s Mariahilf district. The doctor on the scene could only establish the time of death.
The authorities are treating the woman’s 49-year-old Tunisian partner as a suspect, who was visiting the family on the eve of the murder, reports 24.hu. The boys said that when they woke up, the man was gone. The police went to the man’s home but could not find him. He is currently wanted. Irina Steirer noted that, contrary to earlier reports in the Austrian media, the Tunisian man has no criminal record. The motive is not yet known, the spokeswoman added.
“There were so many police cars,” says an elderly resident to krone.at. They continued: “You cannot expect something so tragic to happen.” Neighbour Markus also knew when he came back with his dog from a walk that something bad had happened. Two little boys were standing in front of the house with police officers.
Source: hvg.hu, 24.hu, 444.hu, krone.at
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