Greek police on Saturday arrested the owner of a central Athens jewellery shop on Gladstonos Street after the death of a man that he had caught allegedly trying to steal from his shop the previous day.
Police made the arrest based on CCTV video footage showing the shop owner and an unknown individual repeatedly kicking the victim, who is believed to have been a drug addict.
In his attempt to escape them, the trapped robber smashed through the shop's plate-glass window and sustained serious injuries. In the video from a security camera the trapped man, identified as Zak Kostopoulos was an admitted HIV infected LGBT activist, is seen trying to exit the shop he became trapped in. In his attempt to exit via the display window he was cut and at the same time assaulted by the owner and passers by. After having his head wounds bandaged he attempted to stab ambulance workers and police with a piece of broken glass.
He was rushed to Evangelismos Hospital in an ambulance where he died shortly after arrival.
The shop owner has been led before a public prosecutor and charged with deliberately inflicting serious bodily harm, as well as criminal charges of inflicting deadly bodily harm. The case file was then referred to a regular examining magistrate, who gave the accused until Tuesday to prepare his testimony.
Police are examining the evidence in the case, including the videos.