Events for April
M T W T F S S
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
Add your event FREE

Today


Videos


Accomodations in Austria


Cosmo and Nanu

Red_Bull_Stratos_and_the_risk_or_reentry_and_departure

Greek punched by Baumgartner says flyer is no hero

Supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner, 43, is due in court this week (TUE 6 Nov) accused of punching a Greek lorry driver in the face in a road rage incident outside the Red Bull Arena in his home town of Salzburg, Austria.

Baumgartner has already been convicted of assault over the incident, but has appealed and this week a three-judge appeals panel will consider Baumgartner's lawyer's objections to the conviction.

The victim, named only as Dimitrios P., 38, for legal reasons, told Austrian media at the weekend that the incident which happened on 30th September 2010 was because the former professional boxer and military training instructor Baumgartner had acted in an arrogant manner. He said the star felt he did not need to follow the same rules as everybody else on the road.

He said: "I was waiting at a roundabout and there were about four cars in front of me. He didn't want to wait and overtook us all and then of course got wedged on the roundabout. The other driver that was involved was his photographer – and he felt that he could also do the same and he followed Mr Baumgartner, at which point I decided to have a word with the photographer.

"Mr Baumgertner decided that it was his job to get involved and he tried to claim I had attacked him and it was self defence, but that is madness. There were two of them. The reality is that he punched me full in the face with his fist and left me with a cut.

"There was blood everywhere. I never tried to conceal anything at the court – I admitted that I had tried to kick him but it was only in retaliation. He was just acting the tough guy and showing off and making himself into the hero, but he isn't a hero at all. He hasn't said sorry to me about what happened and I'm pleased that he's going to finally see justice now when people will see what he is really like."

The lorry driver said that after hitting him, Baumgartner had climbed into his car and driven off.

In the original trial the court chose to believe the version of events put forward by the Greek man rather than that of Baumgartner and the German photographer - and fined him 1,500 euros for assault.

A spokesman for the Salzburg prosecutors office Barbara Feichtinger confirmed: "The 43-year-old man involved in this case has registered an appeal."

Baumgartner will not be present during the court case as he is currently on a tour talking about his adventures. But his lawyer Severin Irslinger said that the skydiver had merely defended himself and had not attacked the Greek man.

Austrian Times





Tag cloud:
attacked  hero  Salzburg  justice  incident  Baumgartner  court  lawyer  skydiver  Austria  driver  appealed  hitting  punched  lorry  assault  Greek  roundabout  photographer  felt




Latest News

 

Criminal caught after asking police if he should be arrested
A criminal who thought he had got away with four counts of embezzlement and fraud managed to alert police to his crimes after he walked into a police station to ask if there was an arrest warrant out on him.

Property price rise continues
The price of property in Vienna has now spiralled so much that every 4th apartment comes with a price tag of 500,000 or more. And every second flat costs 300,000 or more.

Former footballers charged over match-fixing
Austrian prosecutors have charged former footballer Dominique Taboga over allegations of match-fixing, nearly five months after his connection to the scandal was exposed.

Salzburg cheetahs great escape
For the third time in two years a cheetah has broken out from Salzburg Zoo this week.

NGOs calls for Salzburg to act against nitrogen oxide
A consortium of environmental NGOs angry at the excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide polluting the air in the Austrian state of Salzburg have said they will launch legal action against the state unless a change is made.

Nazi Gurlitt family may be hoarding more artwork
The trove of artworks stolen by the Nazis and allegedly hoarded away by art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt could be larger than previously thought after Austrian officials confirmed the discovery of a third house in Austria belonging to the family.

Further 180 Gurlitt paintings found in Salzburg
A further 180 paintings have been found in the Salzburg home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Nazi art dealer who made headlines in 2012 when a hoard of artwork was discovered by tax inspectors in his Munich flat.

Swedish woman fighting for life after being run over by snowmobile
A young Swedish waitress is fighting for her life after being run over by a 6.5 tonne snowmobile after deciding to ski down a closed off piste while it was being prepared at the Saalbach-Hinterglemm resort in Salzburg.

Salzburg win the Bundesliga with eight games still to go
Red Bull Salzburg have secured the top title in Austria' football league Bundesliga, the earliest point in the season the winner has ever been decided.

Austrian duped by fake Prince Harry on Facebook
An Austrian tradesman who thought Britain's Prince Harry had contracted him to provide parquet floors at Buckingham Palace is unlikely to have the 27,000 EUR he transfered to a conman returned, according to police.

 


The most popular stories –
last 7 days


Friends and Partners