Minors beat a former football player to death

THE BODY of former football player Dragan Novosel (64) was found five years ago near the railway station in Kruševac.

THE DEATH THAT Shook KRUSEVAC FIVE YEARS AGO: Minors beat a former football player to death

Photo: S. Babović

The former great talent in sports, who spent the last years of his life as a homeless person, ended up in an abandoned house on the outskirts of the city.

The minors beat him to death. Residents of the streets close to the railroad testified to “Novosti” that they saw Novoselo in those days exactly in the dilapidated building, where his body was found.

– We realized that something was happening when the police came and started the investigation, and when we saw the ambulance – residents told “Novosti”.

– We saw Novosel under that roof several times, but we did not know that he had moved in, if he even lived there.

Novosel was still breathing when the emergency team arrived.

– They started animating, but the body, which was quite neglected, apparently did not last – the source of “Novosti” revealed.

The popular Čkembe was part of the city’s color in the center of Kruševac. He was also seen sleeping in abandoned wagons, and often well-meaning people took him into bars and gave him something to eat. In recent months, his health has deteriorated. He drank a lot.

He knew how to take hits, but also how to throw awkwardly. The younger people of Krušev knew him as an ardent fan of FK “Napredak”. Older and as a promising football player of FC “Kolonija”.

– When I moved to Kolonija, I suggested to the boys, who regularly played football in the area, and Novosel was among them, to found a club and they all accepted it – Dr. Branimir Živković, former president of FC Kolonija, told “Novosti”. – Čkembe played on the right wing position. Bad company and some unfortunate circumstances in the family influenced him to end up in the Correctional Home. Later, he got a job at the “Dušan Petronijević” Factory, but, as far as I know, he did not get to retire.

By the decision of the High Court in Kruševac, the preliminary proceedings against minors RD and GT, who were arrested at the end of January 2018, were suspended. Expert examination determined that the boys were not at the maturity level of 14 years, which in practice meant that criminal proceedings could not be conducted against them and criminal sanctions could not be imposed later. The case was taken over by the Center for Social Work.

Dragan Novosel’s funeral was paid for by city institutions on January 24. Only three childhood friends said goodbye to him at the cemetery. The body of the murdered athlete was laid in the grave next to his own brother Dušan, who died in 2005.

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