Eastern European gangs terrorise Algarve
PJ police are said to be on the trail of a violent gang of Eastern Europeans who last weekend viciously assaulted an elderly Swiss couple at their €3 million villa in Almancil, Loulé, the third violent crime of its genre to take place in the central area of the Algarve in less than one month.
During the assault the 80-year-old man was beaten around his head and tied up with phone wire while his 77-year-old wife was taken into another room and raped.
Meanwhile it has emerged that two other violent incidents occurred in the Loulé/Faro area of the Algarve and may have been carried out by the same foursome.
Reportedly, three weeks ago a 60-year-old woman was attacked by four hooded Eastern Europeans who had broken into her home in Goncinha, Loulé.
She was sellotaped to a chair and forced to tell the men where all her valuables and money were kept. The men threatened to cut off her fingers with pliers if she failed to do so.
Fifteen days later a second similar incident was reported by a 50-year-old British woman who was also attacked in the same way by four Eastern Europeans in her home in Telheiros, Bordeira, Faro.
Isto é assustador. Que gente é esta que viola mulheres de 77 anos e é capaz, não duvido, de arrancar dedos a alicate? Por muito dura que seja a realidade económico-social, não explica esta selvajaria, nem a dos gangs que, dizem-me, batem e esfaqueiam - foi internado recentemente em Faro um homem a quem destruiram o baço, um rim e parte do intestino - para pontuar, como se a violência na vida real não passasse de uma extensão dos jogos da Playstation.