Róbert Dinič shot in his car
On October 4 at about 8 pm, unknown men opened fire on a Mercedes car parked on Bratislava's Pribinová Street. Firing over 30 rounds from silenced automatic weapons, the men shot two people dead, allegedly entrepreneur Róbert Dinič and his bodyguard.
Róbert Dinič was the brother of Eduard Dinič, a man who died in a massive bomb blast at Bratislava's Zlaté Piesky recreation centre on May 9. Both Dinič brothers were reported to be the leading crime bosses of Slovakia's underworld. The brothers were seen several times in the company of Slovak Intelligence Service Director Ivan Lexa, who is also a close friend to Slovakia's outgoing Premier Vladimír Mečiar. Neither murder has yet been solved
Serial petrol station burglars
An unidentified hooded gunman robbed female employees of the local filling-station in the Banská Bystrica region village of Kriváň. The gunman robbed the staff of 10,000 Sk ($270), shortly before 7 pm on October 8, but the women were not hurt.
The robber fled in a Škoda car with his accomplice. Judging by the nature of the armed robbery and the description of the weapon used, police suspect that the robbers are locals who cased the job thoroughly.
The perpetrator pointed a sawn-off shotgun at the women, and forced one to lie on the ground while the other handed over the cash in a plastic bag. After the money was surrendered, the robber explored the cash register further until one of the women tripped the alarm. The culprit then ran from the scene to his car. According to a local police report, it was the third similar robbery in less than a year, and was most likely the work of the same individuals.
Thieves attack local resident
At about 1:30 a.m. on October 11, unidentified masked thieves brutally attacked a 44-year-old man in front of his own house in the town of Čadca. Threatening the man with a hand gun, the attackers forced him to open the house door. Once inside, the thieves beat the man severely and demanded money. They took 10,000 Sk ($270) out of his pocket together with his cellular phone and a golden ring. They then said they were not satisfied with the proceeds of the theft and demanded more money. They squeezed the man's toes with pliers, but no more money was forthcoming. Then they wrapped him up in his living-room carpet and locked him in his bathroom.
The intruders also attacked the man's 63-year-old mother, tying her up gagging her with electrical tape. The victims freed themselves two hours after the perpetrators left the house. The total amount of the valuables stolen was estimated at 35,000 Sk ($950).
Dead man walking
A car accident reminiscent of a scene from the Addams Family took place on October 12 in the eastern town of Poprad. Three funeral parlour employees were transporting a dead man in a coffin from Poprad to the nearby village of Spišská Teplica. When the driver lost control of the vehicle during the trip, the coffin broke open in the van and the corpse fell out. The morbid accident ended unhappily for one of the living men, who suffered serious injuries while his companions were only shaken up.
Compiled by Ivan Remiaš from press reports
19. Oct 1998 at 0:00