Austrian man arrested for threatening health professionals in Torrox

The moment the man was arrested at his home in Torrox Costa.
The moment the man was arrested at his home in Torrox Costa. / SUR
  • The man allegedly wanted preferential treatment at the doctor's surgery in El Morche and failed to respect social distancing regulations

A 60-year-old Austrian man was arrested at his home in Torrox Costa on Wednesday of last week after allegedly insulting and threatening staff at the El Morche health centre.

According to Local Police sources, staff at the health centre first called the police at around 2pm, reporting that the man had been shouting at health professionals and threatening to assault a nurse, as well as failing to respect social distancing regulations.

It would appear that the man wanted preferential treatment from medics at the centre and it was not the first time that he had threatened staff. However, on previous occasions his behaviour had not led to staff calling the police.

Zero tolerance

"There have been similar incidents with this individual but this time there will be zero tolerance towards anyone who disrespects, intimidates or threatens health workers," said a Local Police spokesperson.

Chief of Torrox Local Police José Manuel Ruiz said, "We cannot condone any type of violence or disrespect towards those on the front line in the fight against this pandemic, or risk their professional integrity.

"We will be uncompromising and do what we can within the limitations of the law."