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Orphanage director one of double murder victims

Police on Monday identified the manager of an orphanage in the Bernese Oberland as one of the victims of a double stabbing murder at a Spiez children's home over the weekend.

Orphanage director one of double murder victims
The orphanage is located in this villa. Photo: Pädagogische Lebensgemeinschaft

The 53-year-old man, described on the home's website as a co-founder and co-owner of the “pedagogical community”, was stabbed several times along with a woman, Bern cantonal police said.

Officers made the grisly discovery on Saturday after being called to the orphanage, located close to the Spiez train station.

Police continue to look for witnesses who may be able to shed light on what happened.

The investigation so far has been able to establish that the woman victim was not an employee in the privately run home, where nine children ranging from five to 14 years of age were being looked after.

Police on Monday said they were still tracking down the woman’s identity and the causes of her death.

The Bern cantonal department for youth said steps were being taken to look after the foster children on a temporary basis.

They were reportedly unaware of the attack when it occurred.

Investigators on Monday searched the area around the home but police said they were unable to find the weapon used in the attack.
 

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STABBING

Man stabbed in St Gallen dies in hospital

The man who was stabbed in a restaurant garden in St Gallen last Friday has died from his injuries, police have said.

Man stabbed in St Gallen dies in hospital
St Gallen. Photo: Christof Sonderegger/Swiss Tourism
The 22-year-old was set upon by a knife-wielding attacker who stabbed him in the neck outside a restaurant in the north-eastern Swiss city at around 6pm last Friday. 
 
Passers-by managed to restrain the attacker, a 42-year-old Swiss man who was then arrested by police.
 
The victim has now died from his injuries in hospital, St Gallen police told news agency ATS on Wednesday. 
 
The motive for the crime is still unknown, and it remains unclear if the two men knew each other. 
 
The attacker  was known to the police but not for violent offences.