On Monday evening, a Portuguese (34) climbed onto a crane in Zurich-Oerlikon. He stayed up for 16 hours, lit several fires, kept throwing objects down and injured a firefighter. On Tuesday afternoon he finally gave up and was escorted downstairs by police officers.
The consequences of his action: one of the most important Swiss train stations was closed for hours, and public transport was paralysed. The crane is no longer usable. A new one has to be set up. The Portuguese was arrested. According to the police, the background is still unclear.
Now the sister of the sick climber speaks up. “He was in a psychotic state and felt persecuted,” she explains of the climbing action to “20 minutes”.
“It’s all so sad”
He has struggled with mental health issues for years. He consumes alcohol and other drugs, suffers from psychosis and paranoia, among other things. So apparently also on Monday. At the top of the crane, he made a live stream on Facebook, in which he mentioned, among other things, that someone wanted to kill him.
“Our father was able to persuade him on the phone to get off the crane,” the sister continued. The family has had no contact with him since then.
“It’s all so sad. He’s actually a wonderful person and a great big brother. He’s just sick, »she continues.
Family feels abandoned
The family has contacted the authorities several times in the past and asked for help. The sister even wanted to have him forcibly admitted, but the police and KESB (child and adult protection authorities) told her that that wasn’t possible.
Now the family feels abandoned and doesn’t understand why nobody intervened earlier: “It’s really sad that something bad always has to happen first.” The sister wishes for her brother: “I hope that the authorities will finally react and that he will get the therapy he needs.”
Compared to “20 minutes”, neither the Zurich cantonal police nor the Kesb responded to this possibility. Due to privacy protection, the police did not provide any information about the case, and the child and adult protection authorities did not respond to inquiries.
Public prosecutor calls for detention for sick climbers
As the Directorate of Justice and Interior announced on Friday, the public prosecutor’s office requested custody for the Portuguese, as “20 minutes” reported. The 34-year-old Portuguese is suspected of having made himself punishable by climbing the crane and his behavior during the climb.
It is determined because of bodily harm, trespassing, qualified damage to property, violence and threats against authorities and officials as well as other crimes. It is the presumption of innocence. The public prosecutor’s office did not provide any further information, citing the ongoing proceedings. (vof/dzc/SDA)