The murder in Pols-Oberkurzheim in Murter represents the provisional end point in a horrific series. A husband, 61, murdered his wife, who was four years his junior, with multiple stab wounds during an argument, eXXpress reports. On a work afternoon. A grandson of the duo, who was visiting and witnessed the fatal argument, informed the police at around 5:20 pm. But any help came too late for her grandmother – she bled to death on the stairs where the argument had taken place.
The husband was arrested on the spot. It is not yet clear what led to the increase in violence. A decision on whether or not to impose pre-trial detention against the suspect will be taken today, Wednesday.
It is the 25th femicide in Austria this year, meaning the country is on track to remain the leader in femicides in Europe. Over the years, significantly more women than men have been victims of acts of violence.
This trend continues, with a particular focus on Styria. So far this year, twelve women have been murdered there, which is double compared to last year. Just two weeks ago, a man from Leibnitz (52) in Wolfsburg im Schwarzautal shot his ex-wife (47) with a shotgun and then committed suicide.
Twelve women murdered in Styria have been compared to five fatal violent crimes against men.