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Beaten to death for drink
Record-breaking heist
Doctor claims she was duped
Border guards charged
Family invite ends in murder

Jablonov nad Turnňou
Beaten to death for drink

A homeless man died after being beaten by a wine lover who caught him drinking from his private wine collection.
An unnamed man, 24, was charged with causing bodily harm after allegedly beating a homeless man, 46, whom he found in his cellar in Jablonov nad Turňou near Rožňava.
Police say he hit the homeless man in the face, knocking him to the ground, then kicked him in the head repeatedly. The man crawled to a nearby train station where someone called an ambulance for him.
He later died of injuries that included bleeding under the skull, broken ribs and damaged kidneys and liver.


Košice
Record-breaking heist

Three armed robbed security guards of Sk8 million ($160,000) in Kosice, setting a new record for robbery in the eastern Slovak city.
Members of the G-4 Falck security firm were carrying the December 6 earnings of the Metro supermarket into Košice when three masked men pulled up alongside them in a black Mercedes and sprang out of the car brandishing shotguns.
The guards handed over two cash bags to the men, who hurried back into their car and sped off.
The supermarket has not commented on the robbery. If caught the robbers face 15 years in prison.


Košice
Doctor claims she was duped

A woman doctor accused of writing prescriptions for dead patients blamed fellow physicians for duping her.
Doctor Ľ K. of the Louis Pasteur hospital in Kosice said December 11: "Colleagues of mine asked me for the prescriptions, saying they knew the people. I assumed that they had been examined and diagnosed and I had no idea some of them weren't even alive."
The investigation involves over 21 suspicious prescriptions that cost insurance companies as much as $2000(Sk100,000). A number of people questioned by police investigators have said the doctor signed prescriptions for people she didn't even know.
Ľ K. claims that there is a conspiracy against her.


Dúbrava
Border guards charged

Two Slovak border guards have been charged with helping 16 illegal immigrants from India cross into Slovakia from the Ukraine.
Police said that the officers were allegedly bribed $500 and Sk1,000 per immigrant by a local 20-year-old man previously convicted of smuggling people across the border. The group was intercepted December 10 driving from the border village Dubrava to an unnamed destination.
If convicted the border guards face up to 10 years in jail.
The news comes days after Interior Minister Ivan Simko said Slovakia's eastern border with Ukraine was "full of holes" even though Slovakia has invested over Sk600 million into securing its borders since 1993.
He said that although guards on the Slovak-Ukrainian border had been reinforced organised people smuggling had been "flourishing".
Slovak border police have caught 2,000 illegal migrants since January this year compared to 1,530 last year.


Banská Bystrica
Family invite ends in murder

A fight over whether Lívia P., 52, from Banská Bystrica could invite her mother Mária K., 84, to stay in her flat for the weekend ended in murder.
The argument on December 5 between Lívia P. and nephew Tibor Š., 37, led to accusations that his aunt had interfered too much in his life when he was growing up. The fight culminated in Tibor Š. attacking his aunt with a kitchen knife, chisel and glass bottles as she was putting on her coat to leave. Lívia P., who suffered 34 stab wounds to the chest, back, head, face and hands, bled to death before an ambulance arrived.
Tibor Š.'s uncle, who was also attacked by his nephew, managed to escape and call the police. Tibor Š. was taken into police custody.

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