It seems like people are getting more and more angry, abusive and violent towards each other. We report more and more brutal crimes. Is it because of the pandemic? Maybe it is frustrating to people, and they end up committing violent crimes against other people. Maybe there is something else behind it.
Recently we have reported a case where a man assaulted and raped a pregnant woman twice. In another recent criminal case, two friends could not decide who to buy drinks, so one of them stabbed the other, but the most chilling and violent crime happened last week when an attacker stabbed a woman to death in the COVID department of a Budapest hospital.
The case you are about to hear is also very unfortunate and shows people’s plain brutality towards each other, and the fact that people are not always safe on the streets. Back in 2019, the Budapest police received a report of a conflict on the streets of Kőbánya at a tram stop. According to 24, three men were drinking together, and they might have had one too many drinks. From the three men, two were siblings. They all started to quarrel with each other when a punch was thrown, and things escalated quickly.
The perpetrator ended up stabbing one of the man in the eye with a screwdriver. The perpetrator fled, but the police acted quickly and arrested the man.
In a more recent and detailed report by 24, it becomes evident that the third man started to talk and act more and more aggressively towards the other men and one of the siblings tried to calm him down. The aggressive man immediately punched him in the face. This can be seen in the video when the man stumbles onto the tram tracks.
The conflict continued off-camera, and the aggressive man pulled out a screwdriver and hit the older sibling in the head with the tool’s handle. When the younger sibling arrived to help defend his brother, he managed to punch the perpetrator, who sprang back up and forcefully stabbed the younger sibling in the eye with the screwdriver.
The victim immediately lost consciousness and could not regain it. The stab blinded him, but he also suffered severe injuries in his brain. Unfortunately, he did not recover and died a few weeks after the incident.
The police have arrested the perpetrator shortly after the incident had been reported. Bettina Bagoly, the spokeswoman of the Prosecutor’s Office in Budapest, said to 24 that the perpetrator had been charged with murder and altercation and the Prosecutor’s Office requested a custodial sentence for his crimes. The suspect denied his crimes and asked for legal protection.