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Security guard Hans Schulz worked for just $18 an hour – and died for nothing

19/06/2012

SECURITY guard Hans Schulz was patrolling Broadway Shopping Centre on Sunday night when the call came through – guards in the main office had allegedly spotted two people rummaging through a Wendy’s ice-cream kiosk that had closed for the day.

There was nothing behind the counter but 600ml bottles of Coca-Cola. Little worth stealing and certainly nothing worth killing for.

Mr Schulz, 69, part of a three or four man team, went to investigate. He was paid just $17.92 an hour – still working at that age because he couldn’t afford not to.

What happened next would leave Mr Schulz dead, a couple behind bars charged with his manslaughter and two young children who witnessed the alleged “vicious attack” traumatised.

Court documents alleged Adrian Gallaher, 32, of Randwick, and Svetlana Azrashkova, 27, of Maroubra, caused the death of Mr Schulz by “punching” and “kicking” him in the head.

Azrashkova’s mother Olga claimed the couple were trying to retrieve a child’s ball from inside the shop.

“The ball was under the counter in the ice cream shop,” she said.

Mr Schulz arrived in Australia from his native Germany in the late 1950s. He continued to work despite his age because he needed to, his flatmate Victoria Fitzgerald said.

As a security guard, he held a Class 1A licence, the lowest category qualification, and was authorised to “patrol, protect, watch or guard property” while unarmed.
»Security guard Hans Schulz worked for just $18 an hour – and died for nothing

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