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PRISON GUARD KILLING
Life sentence the 'only option': prosecutor

Life sentence the 'only option': prosecutor

Published: 02 Dec 2011 16:17 GMT+01:00
Updated: 02 Dec 2011 16:17 GMT+01:00

Prosecutors are demanding life imprisonment in the ongoing case of the 28-year-old who killed a female guard at the Flemingsberg remand facility south of Stockholm.

The accused, who has refused to answer questions, has admitted to his crimes, and understands that he will be spending a long time behind bars, according to his lawyer Lars Hedsäter.

"But he wants a fixed sentence," Hedsäter said.

However, prosecutor Mark Hankkio was adamant that for an attack of such brutality only a life sentence would be appropriate.

On Friday, the Södertälje District Court was shown a film behind closed doors recorded by internal security cameras in the prison.

The film reportedly shows the accused raining more than 50 blows on the 25-year-old guard with her own baton, in an attack lasting over a minute and a half.

Despite being rushed to hospital, the woman died less than an hour later.

The attack, which took place in the exercise yard, was seen by several witnesses.

One prisoner described how he was on the other side of the yard when he saw the warden approaching the 28-year-old. Suddenly he heard her screaming and saw her being attacked.

"I saw the bastard beating her, he just punched and punched and punched,"he said.

"I couldn't continue watching."

Speaking about the attack at the time, criminology professor Jerzy Sarnecki from Stockholm University said the incident was a "unique event".

"I can't remember a similar case like this and I've been working in criminology for 35 years now," he told the TT news agency

He added that Swedish remand centres are some of the most dangerous workplaces around.

An older female guard, who had rushed to try and save her young colleague, revealed that she has been on sick leave with severe stress symptoms ever since the incident, adding that she is too frightened to even go down to the laundry room.

Her impression of the inmate was of someone devoid of emotion.

"He was completely empty. He answered when spoken to, but that was it. Like a cardboard cutout," she said to TT.

TT/The Local/gm (news@thelocal.se)

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18:46 December 2, 2011 by Abe L
Good news, aside from all the hilariously embarrassing news regarding punishment now something sensible. Murder should get the death penalty or alternatively life in solitary imprisonment if the first option isn't enforced.
19:47 December 2, 2011 by Digithed
As Desmond Tutu once said...

"To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice."
20:05 December 2, 2011 by Dazzler
Sure accommodate him with a fixed sentence...how about 70 years...that should take care of him.
20:53 December 2, 2011 by ajs42548
Tutu is an idiot. What would he say if while in prison he kills again? Whoops he already killed while in prison. What would Tutu have happen, give him MORE life if he killed over and over again while in prison? Here's a fact.. Dead men can't kill.
21:39 December 2, 2011 by GLO
This is why you have a Death sentence. you dont save a Killer, ever......
23:25 December 2, 2011 by eovti
Yeah, GLO, all civilized countries have the death penalty. Iran, Red China, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. spring to mind.

PWNED! :-D
00:32 December 3, 2011 by spo10
"But he wants a fixed sentence," Hedsäter said.

Is LIFE sentence not a fix sentence? Or maybe he meant numbers? I hope he gets 100 years but no, Sweden's too softhearted to do that so maybe 20-25.
02:54 December 3, 2011 by Alohart
@ajs42548 and @GLO,

"Dead men can't kill". And wrongly-convicted dead men can't be brought back to life. Many prisoners on death row in the U.S. have been wrongly-convicted resulting in the death penalty being suspended in several states. Hopefully, this will eventually lead to the U.S. moving into the group of civilized countries (I don't know why I should be optimistic with people like ajs42548, GLO, and Abe L continuing to spout their reactionary viewpoints).
03:29 December 3, 2011 by volvoman9
@Alohart Though you are right about the mistakes of justice that occur in the U.S you are probably engaged in wishful thinking to imagine that the Americans will abandon the death penalty. It is true that to take a life is revenge but that is the point. America is increasingly becoming a vengeful and divisive society. The desire for revenge is overwhelming the desire for justice. We are, I'm afraid, witnessing the decline of this once great experiment and the decline of this once great empire.
06:48 December 3, 2011 by Just_Kidding
A night club would look around and higher a former boxing champ or similar as a guard or bouncer. Maybe Swedish prisons could also learn from the incident and hire based on physical and mental toughness.
08:35 December 3, 2011 by ChicagoDave
Fools. Tutu is only correct if that life is taken as an actual act of revenge. A death penalty is only enacted after years of trials and the giving of evidence. When you, Alohart, make a statement such as "many prisoners on death row have been wrongly-convicted"(sic), you do not present any information to back up your general term "many." In fact, your improperly hyphenated phrase "wrongly-convicted" would likely not enter into the "wrongly convicted" category as the story points out that it is on security film and was "seen by several witnesses." I think I would much rather live in a society that executes convicted murderers after years of trial than one that furloughs a convicted murderer on a "life sentence," thus enabling him to murder again http://www.thelocal.se/20202/20090622/. I will admit that mistakes have occurred in the justice system here, but at the same time, claims that executions of "wrongly convicted" persons are greatly exaggerated. A case in point is the dismissal of the head of the Northwestern Innocence Project for falsifying emails, selectively reporting evidence, and other breaches of journalistic integrity. Ultimately, a murderer takes a life without giving the victim any due process, never mind the disregard for common human decency. A death penalty takes years of trials, lawyers time, appeal after appeal, and more - never have I heard of a case of a victim's family dancing on the grave of the animal who took their loved one's life.
10:08 December 3, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
Instead of "I couldn't continue watching." (as one prisoner said) couldn't the same prisoner have done more to have stopped the attack?
11:36 December 3, 2011 by cogito
#8 Alohart says: "Many prisoners on death row in the U.S. have been wrongly-convicted..."

Oh, really? Care to back this up? (Unfortunately, merely spouting "reactionary" at Abe does not make your case.)

#6: " the death penalty. Iran, Red China, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S...."

I always wonder if this cliche is based on a reasoning deficiency or on ignorance.

Here's the difference: rule of law and due process, which means a trial, a jury, appeals taking as long as ten years, during which time the procedures and the verdict are scrupulously re-examined along with DNA evidence, which is most often irrefutable.
15:58 December 3, 2011 by GAMBLIN QUEEN
It's easy for us to say execute/don't execute because it is not our blood that was involved. It was not my spouse, child, parent, sibiling, parent, grandparent, or best friend that was victimized.

Not making excuses for the perp. But if I had to sit up and listen to what happened and see the evidence presented, death row and life sentences would be a thing of the past.

Yes, there are a lot of innocent men on death row. And for 99.99% of them in their mind they are innocent.

My question is "What really happened?"

I've learned that prosecuter and defense will negotiate what will and will not be presented in court. So, for every case in court ask yourself what evidence was negotiated out so the trial would go quick-fast-and in a hurry.

Yes this crime was captured on video and witnessed.

I say "beat his azz like he beat this woman."

Let the punishment fit the crime. Let the family members of the victim administer the punishment. Give the family members steel rods and let each one of them beat the perp. the way he beat this woman.

Had she been related to someone higher up there would be no question on how this would end. Don't let her death be a joke.

EXECUTE THIS SORRY PIECE OF SH*T!!!!
23:07 December 3, 2011 by Errantacademic
As an American, there's one thing that puzzles me. What on Earth was a woman doing guarding a man? It's just common sense that she would stand no chance against him. The system that puts women in a position they can't control is also responsible for this poor girl's death.
08:09 December 4, 2011 by RobinHood
Why are countries that still have the death penalty all such horrible places?
10:31 December 4, 2011 by Morenikeji
What makes the life of a guard worthier than the life of other people killed and their killers gets a fixed-term sentence?
10:46 December 4, 2011 by Global1
This is not about justice or revenge #2. It is about a dangerous man who cannot live in community.
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