...In November of the previous year, the 37-year-old reached Austrian soil and made an application for asylum. The man from Ghana was originally housed in Traiskirchen, but he didn't stay long there: on 1st January the man showed his exceptional aggressiveness for the first time, threatened a care worked with a stone and finally beat him unconscious. He was then thrown out of the asylum home.
With the words "Down with your statues, you are all unbelievers" he pushed the statue of the Saint Judas Thaddäus from its base in the Stephansdom on Saturday night. Cathedral staff and witness of the act were then able to finally overpower the raging man. But the state prosecutor released him again.Source: Krone.at
The suspect who is said to have damaged artefacts in Vienna churches on Tuesday admitted his actions in five cases. "He admits it fully, but had provided confusing information about his motive. The man indicated that 'God had ordered him'," explained police spokesman Roman Hahslinger on Tuesday evening. The 37-year-old said that in his view human beings were not allowed to create holy images.Source: DiePresse.com