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'I wanted to kill the king': bodyguard attacker

'I wanted to kill the king': bodyguard attacker

Published: 28 Sep 2012 13:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Sep 2012 13:59 GMT+02:00

The man, a 24-year-old tourist from Brazil, explained in court that a “deep-seated hate” of the monarchy forced him to carry out the attack on a security guard outside the government offices of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt at Rosenbad in central Stockholm.

The 24-year-old said that he was in Sweden as a visitor to seek out his Swedish roots, but that upon buying a knife as a souvenir, an impulsive motive took over.

“I wanted to protest against the monarchy. I wanted to kill the king,” he said, according to the Expressen newspaper.

The struggle with the security guard (see footage below) shows the man rushing at a bodyguard who had been walking in the opposite direction and trying to overpower him.

The two begin a struggle over the guard’s gun.

As the man and the guard continue to fight, a car pulls up and a 29-year-old builder, who happened to be trained in martial arts, jumps out to come to the aid of the struggling bodyguard.

The attacker continued to try and take the guard’s gun, but was unsuccessful in his attempts.

A recent psychiatric evaluation of the tourist revealed that he was convinced the Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf was involved in a conspiracy with the EU to ravage his home country.

“I wanted to meet the king and get some secret information that he’s guarding,” he said to the psychiatrist, according to Expressen.

While the man expressed remorse over the incident, he also confessed that he doesn't remember much of what happened.

According to psychiatrists, the 24-year-old is suffering from a serious mental illness.

Aftonbladet footage of the attack (in Swedish)

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02:44 September 29, 2012 by Eric1
There are evil people everywhere. Too many of them vote.
11:30 October 2, 2012 by kingdavid
Thank God the King is fine. There is absolutely no room for that type of behavior in a civilized world. I am a bit sick and tired of all this negativity towards the Swedish monarchy. To me they seem to very engaged in many productive activities for society, from the Queen and Princess Madeleine (with their childhood charity), to Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, taking part in worthwhile matters of state, to Prince Carl doing his part and finding time to race cars (that is actually pretty cool).

Warm Regards,

David Aschinberg
18:32 October 16, 2012 by Helge Krupski
I knew about it, that it will be. I know the motive for this crime, and how it is organized. Sorry "hit man," he is "doll" in the game - he coded mind... acquaintance it handwriting. King should live and something to tell the court ... Open Information for prosecutors and police in Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski

Open letter to The Royal Court of Sweden about King of Sweden (read in "My Notes") - http://www.facebook.com/Helge.Kroupski
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