Funchal on alert
JM headlines that the occurrence of crime in Funchal is multiplying. The most serious happened on Sunday night when a burglar died after being stabbed by the owner of a residence in Caminho do Poço Barral (full report below).
The Mayor of Funchal, Pedro Calado demands “reinforcement of means, wherever it may be”, including the “unarmed army”, although he classifies the city as “safe”. Presidents of the Boards of Santo António, São Roque and Monte give voice to the fears of the population.
The newspaper also covers the story that a tourist died after feeling unwell during a pedestrian walk in Pico das Pedras, in the municipality of Santana on the way to Teixeira da Achada (Pico Ruivo waking trail) – the location of the sad occurrence has moved slightly from previous reports late yesterday.
Burglar dies after being stabbed
The worst-case crime scenario ended with a robbery at a house on the Caminho do Poço Barral, in Santo Amaro (on the way from the city centre to Madeira Shopping), on Sunday night. According to DN Madeira, the individual who robbed the house ended up dying by stabbing, and the alleged perpetrator of the crime was arrested and will answer for murder.
The same source adds that the episode began when the son of the owner of the house was involved in a physical confrontation when he came across the presence of two intruders in the backyard, who were allegedly stealing fruit. The security police were called to the scene, but by the time they arrived the assailants had fled. However, according to the same publication, the two individuals returned to the house as soon as the patrol car left the place, having again made a new attempt at the residence of Caminho do Poço Barral.
Realizing the situation, the resident appeared armed with a knife to defend himself against the two assailants who were back. The reunion will have started with a scene of beating, but it ended tragically, and, according to the Diario, the resident ended up delivering a blow that hit one of the assailants in the chest. This one fell inanimate. The other ran away.
The same source states that the aggressor turned himself in and went under detention to the Funchal Police Station, where he was accused of committing the crime of murder.
Today, Monday, the man will be before the first judicial interrogation for his crime.
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