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Violent gang on trial for ten Algarve robberies in 2017

justiceThe violence used in a series of robberies in Faro, Olhão and São Brás de Alportel has shocked the prosecution lawyer as four men stand trial in Faro Court for the crimes committed in 2017.

"The Public Prosecutor's Office of Faro Court delivered the final arguments in a trial of four defendants accused of being involved in ten violent assaults during the year 2017 in isolated areas of the three municipalities.

The victims were mostly elderly, disabled and women whose lack of physical strength was a factor, as pointed out by the prosecutor.

One case referred to by the prosecutor took place in Santa Bárbara de Nexe, where two of the defendants are alleged to have entered the house of a 69-year-old man and put a knife to his neck.

They threatened him and ransacked his house before fleeing with a shotgun, money, watches, and ATM cards.

Violence almost always was a factor in the robberies, with victims suffering bruising after being punched and kicked.

The judgment is scheduled for February 4th.

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+6 #3 Terry Gallie 2019-01-18 09:52
I hope it is the ones who robbed me at knife point and tried to set my hair on fire when they found I had nothing much of value for them to steal. Either someone told them I had lots of money in my house or they got the wrong address. It would be helpful to get descriptions and see their photos as my robbery was in a small village outside Lagos.
0 #2 Daphne 2019-01-18 09:46
A good argument for Portuguese to keep their dogs off leash and ideally able to enter and leave the house at will. This lessens the chance of this kind of robbery as the dogs need navigating past first. Not a problem at all if the robbers scouts have reported back that they are tied as sadly nobody bothers about barking dogs.
+4 #1 Peter Booker 2019-01-18 09:06
Even after living for years in the Algarve, I still find it strange that defendants in trials such as this have their identities protected from the press-reading public until after conviction. Their names must be known to anyone who attends the court, so why not to the public at large?