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Murder suspect sent 10,000 texts from jail

Murder suspect sent 10,000 texts from jail

Published: 05 May 2011 13:27 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 May 2011 13:27 GMT+02:00

A 31-year-old man recently convicted of stabbing a man to death used a smuggled mobile phone to send more than 10,000 text messages from inside his cell in a Swedish jail.

"I have never heard of anything like this, it is startling," said district prosecutor Anna-Karin von Schoultz.

The 31-year-old was not allowed any contact with the outside so he couldn't jeopardise the preliminary investigation into a gruesome stabbing that occurred in Växjö last autumn.

Yet during his time in custody the man sent an average of 90 text messages per day. The personnel at the remand facility noticed nothing.

"We received information as early as during the preliminary investigation that the man was able to communicate with the outside world," von Schoultz told local paper Smålandstidningen.

The police then started mapping the phone traffic and their investigation shows that the man started using the mobile about a month after he was taken into custody.

The calls and texts only subsided when one of the witnesses testified that he had been in contact with the man.

According to Smålandstidningen the man was in regular contact with several key witnesses in the murder investigation and sometimes spoke on the phone for up to an hour.

In order to get to the bottom with the matter the man was transferred to another jail. His cell was searched repeatedly but no phone was found.

However, police were able to see from the mobile phone traffic that he managed to bring the phone with him both to the new holding facility in Jönköping and back again.

The allegations are grave against the two prisons in Växjö and Jönköping.

Joakim Ringek, regional head of the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården), did not want to comment on the ongoing misconduct investigation.

“But hypothetically speaking it is very serious if a detained individual have been able to communicate with the outside world,” said Ringek.

Since the investigations were initiated the man has undergone body searches and police have repeatedly searched the cells he have been detained in. No phone has so far been found.

The man was convicted to 12 years in prison by Växjö District Court in February but has appealed the verdict.

The case will come up in the Court of Appeal next week. The man remains adamant he is innocent.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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14:55 May 5, 2011 by Swedesmith
Cut off his thumbs?
15:08 May 5, 2011 by Rick Methven
Just his thumbs?
15:42 May 5, 2011 by eZee.se
Ummm, cell phone blocking/jamming tech exists - USE IT F-F-S.

Dear Swedish government morons, here's a link to help your stupid butts:

https://encrypted.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&=&q=cell+phone+jammer
16:05 May 5, 2011 by Tanskalainen
It's in his colon fools.
16:29 May 5, 2011 by Swedesmith
Poopillon.
17:30 May 5, 2011 by Thompsuleme
Its an Inside job..He has got something on someone with access to the prisons. Simple.

P.s

Thank Salander :)
20:08 May 5, 2011 by swedejane
The Local's sloppy art department strikes again. That's a verizon phone...never used in Sweden. At least get a phone from a swedish carrier...geez.
22:31 May 5, 2011 by technoviking
Someone's gotta do a cavity check on this fool when he gets done with his daily massage before the aromatherapy class starts...
01:03 May 6, 2011 by Stickeroo
Lolololol, they don't metal detector your a$$ here? I hope he didn't have a Samsung Galaxy S....or better yet, an old Motorola Brick from the 90's LOL! Usually visitors and/or the odd guard smuggle them in, or they are thrown over the fence. As for the jamming tech, they can't use that because A-it's not cost effective and B-It jams a wide range of frequencies, and many are used by personnel within the radius of the jammer. Jamming devices that target specific frequencies are expensive as hell. If the prison employees we're doing their jobs properly, they would never need such equipment in the first place.
03:47 May 6, 2011 by choppie
From what I hear, this "civilized" country allows their prisoners a lot of privacy, unlike the "backward" countries that have bars on their prison doors. Perhaps a little less privacy and a little more work for the guards would stop this murderer from using his cell phone. By the way, 12 years for murder??? He will still be a young man when he gets out...and in the meantime in touch with all his buds. Is it a prison or a hotel?
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