Spate of stabbings and violence in Celje area

Celje – A series of stabbings has taken place in the area around Celje in less than a week with the police handling four cases of stabbings plus an attack with scissors in a secondary school since 1 January, in addition to three suspected domestic violence offences.

The first incident took place on a footpath by the railway in Celje on Saturday, 1 January, as an accidental argument between two men escalated into a fight.

A 35-year-old man stabbed a 38-year-old man with a knife and seriously injured him. The incident was treated by the police as attempted homicide.

Another homicide attempt took place during the night between 2 and 3 January in a retirement home in Celje, as a 64-year-old resident attacked another resident with a knife and seriously injured him.

An incident in one of the secondary schools in Celje followed on 5 January, where a first-year student caused minor abrasions to his teacher.

According to unofficial information, the student allegedly stabbed the teacher with a pair of blunt-tipped scissors after she failed him during an oral examination in mathematics.

The Celje police then announced today that two more cases of attempted homicide were currently under investigation.

The first one happened in the village of Prebold near Celje, where a 45-year-old man stabbed a 44-year-old man on Thursday. The police have already detained the suspect and three other people overnight.

The Celje police were then notified of another stabbing at half past three in the morning, as a 37-year-old man, originally from the area around Laško, allegedly stabbed a 45-year-old woman with a knife in Celje and seriously injured her.