After a major fire in the slaughterhouse in Salzburg: the 27-year-old was charged
The previously blameless man has been in the inspection shaft since September 8th. According to the indictment, he is said to have torn open plastic packaging in a warehouse of the Alpenrind company’s slaughterhouse in Bergheim (Flachgau) and set fire to the cardboard box underneath. He started the crimes as part of his work as a security guard, as the deputy spokesman for the Salzburg public prosecutor, Marcus Neher, explained to the APA on Monday.
The accused has previously stated that he did not intentionally set the fire. He is also accused of the offense of damaging property in three cases in the city of Salzburg. The man from Salzburg is said to have set fire to a container on May 9th, a box on a construction site on August 2nd and garbage at a garbage collection point on September 1st.
Large-scale operation for fire brigades
The public prosecutor had a psychiatric report obtained. According to this, the man was found to have pyromania (pathological arson without an understandable motive, note) and a slight reduction in intelligence.
The fire in the slaughterhouse broke out in a warehouse for cardboard boxes and foils on Sunday night. Around 120 volunteer firefighters and professional firefighters are involved in fighting the fire. In the meantime, a fear of toxic ammonia from the cooling system on the roof could be prevented. However, over 400 tons of meat that had been contaminated by smoke gases had to be disposed of. The slaughterhouse in Bergheim had to be stopped for a few weeks.
A trial date has not yet been set.