Man Arrested After Physically Attacking Priest

Country: Spain

Date of incident: December 8, 2022

A 60-year-old man has been arrested by the police in Medina Sidonia for allegedly assaulting a priest in the church of San Juan de Dios on Thursday 8th of December. According to witnesses, the man attacked the priest with several punches before a funeral was going to take place. He caused him a series of injuries for which the priest had to be treated later at a hospital. The incident occurred at around 16.30 hours. The priest, Fr. Stuart James Chipolina was preparing to officiate at a funeral in the church when, after an argument with the local, the latter punched the priest several times.

After the first attack, the priest decided to continue and officiate the funeral, as his injuries were not severe. But at the end of the funeral, the perpetrator followed the priest into the sacristy and attacked him again. Fortunately, several local police officers intervened and managed to catch the aggressor as he was shouting at the priest and about to attack him again.

The local police officers have opened criminal proceedings and issued an injury report.

Sources: Diario de CadizLa Voz Digital