German stabbed to death in Venezuela: report

8th September 2011, Comments 1 comment

A 65-year-old German retiree living on an island in northeast Venezuela that is a popular tourist spot was stabbed to death on Wednesday, local media reported, citing police.

The victim, identified as Peter Sauer, was attacked in the early morning on Margarita island as he arrived back home in Porlamar, according to the newspaper El Nacional.

A 21-year-old suspect has been arrested, the paper said.

In the past year, at least four tourists have been killed on the Caribbean island, one of the country's top tourist destinations.

Venezuela posted a nationwide homicide rate of 48 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2010, making it one of the violent countries in the world.

According to a recent report by the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, a non-governmental organization, 2011 could be the most dangerous year on record, surpassing the record rate of 60 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

© 2011 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Dan O'Brien posted:

    on 9th September 2011, 17:54:46 - Reply

    According to local news reports this was a dispute over money owed or stolen by Mr. Sauer.