Vandalism in Austrian Church Building

Country: Austria

Date of incident: September 29, 2010

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



Repeated vandalism including defecation committed by youth in church building in Upper Austria.

Three Austrian adolescents were convicted of vandalism in Upper Austria. The boys, aged 13 to 15, repeatedly damaged a Church "Kaplaneikirche" in Kirchberg in Kremsmünster. According to the Upper Austrian executive authorities, the boys just wanted to “be cool” and “have fun”. The local police opened investigation after several reports of wilful damage to property in the church and cemetery. Afterwards, a 15-year-old boy turned himself in and confessed to an act of vandalism on September 11th. The adolescents defecated in the church and damaged a Jesus figure as well as a church window by throwing incense balls. The public prosecution department will press charges against the boys for the suspicion of wilful damage of property. The quantum of damages is yet unknown.