Sunday 28 December 2014

Physicist arrested after alleged 
axe attack on university lecturer

Fergal MacErlean and Cormac Murphy

Published 06/08/2014 | 02:30

Dublin man Paul Gloster outside court in Portugal following alleged axe attack on female lecturer
Dublin man Paul Gloster outside court in Portugal following alleged axe attack on female lecturer

A Dublin physicist has been arrested in Portugal after an alleged axe attack in a university on a woman lecturer.

Colin Paul Gloster (34), originally from the capital, is accused of striking the lecturer's arm and hand before a student grabbed him.

A university spokesperson said the middle-aged academic was allegedly targeted in the bloody Monday afternoon attack after Mr Gloster, a former PhD student at the university, was refused a grant last year.

The spokesperson alleged "some threats" had previously been made by the former student who was considered "problematic".

Mr Gloster was remanded in police custody and appeared at Coimbra Criminal Court yesterday.

He was instructed to appear at the court every week and forbidden to "contact the victim by any means" and prohibited from entering the Coimbra University's physics department where he first enrolled in 2008. Mr Gloster, who studied at Dublin City University, previously served an internship at the European Space Agency and was a researcher at the University of Pisa, Italy.

In 2000, Gloster wrote about his career frustrations, stating that his dream had been to become an astronautical engineer but financial issues led to him studying computer science instead.

Irish Independent

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