London, May 20 : The Austrian hospital, where the family of incest fiend Josef Fritzl is being treated, will be guarded by security officers in teams of two and a police dog. Such a move has been made after a guard was severely injured by a paparazzo photographer and had to be treated in hospital.
The photog, who was trying to get into the building where the family are being cared for, allegedly beat up the security officer, 30, with a heavy club and managed to escape without being identified, reports the Telegraph.
The injured guard, who was not named, works for a private security firm that was hired to protect the clinic. He was taken to a hospital where he is being treated for head, neck and shoulder injuries.
The assault was the latest in a series of violent incidents involving reporters and photographers clashing with hospital personnel and guards in a bid to penetrate the security around the hospital and get a picture of the Fritzl family.
Josef Fritzl, 73, an electrical engineer and property developer, is facing a string of charges including manslaughter, rape, incest and kidnapping after he confessed to having imprisoned his daughter Elisabeth and keeping her as a sex slave in a purpose-built dungeon beneath his home for 24 years.
He repeatedly raped her and fathered seven children with her.
Following the attack on the security guard, Helmut Krenn, manager of the Amstetten-Mauer psychiatric clinic where the family have been treated since April 27, said: "As of now, security personnel will only go on patrol in teams of two people and they will be supported by dogs."