According to the letter of the law, what Judge Birgit Falb declared at the regional court in Eisenstadt on Thursday may be correct. Was this even right? The two accused boys – a Syrian (19) from Neunkirchen and a Burgenlander – got off easily. Although the jury found them guilty of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, they walked away from the courtroom as free young men. Both received conditional 15 months, one of which was mandatory. However, the defendants had already served their time in pre-trial detention.
But it is only partly this punishment – which in itself seems very small to many people – and which is causing so much outrage. Not just for eXXpress readers. There is a lack of understanding in all the comment columns of the major media. The Syrian and his partner used their fists to beat up a father who was always at home lovingly taking care of his wife and two school-going daughters. Jurgen T. (42) is dead; He died shortly before Christmas from a cerebral hemorrhage a few days after the battle.
It may be that it was no longer possible to prove whether the punches of the disco goers were the cause of the cerebral hemorrhage and thus the death of the father of the family. But the opposite has not been proven either. For this reason alone, the judge’s decision leaves a bitter taste. Because it is not necessary that the law be considered correct.
The additional compensation given to the surviving children who lost their beloved father so tragically reinforces this impression: a whole 100 euros per girl – can it really be worth it? However, one should not overlook the fact that merely being awarded compensation – regardless of the amount – increases the family’s chances in any subsequent civil proceedings.
None of this will bring back the father of the family, Jürgen T. (42); Legal representatives of the family have not yet commented on the Eisenstadt verdict; They are using their time to think about it. You will consider whether another procedure makes sense. Especially in the interest of grieving children.