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SUBWAY ROBBER ON TRIAL
Robbing unconscious man 'a bad idea': suspect

Robbing unconscious man 'a bad idea': suspect

Published: 15 Oct 2012 17:18 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Oct 2012 17:18 GMT+02:00

"I stole the telephone because I needed money to eat," the 28-year-old man said through an interpreter as he sobbed in court, his face shielded by a white towel, according to the TT news agency.

The 38-year-old victim of the attack, referred to in the Swedish media as Johnny, was returning home after a drunken night out on the town with his friends when he fell down on the tracks at the Sandsborg metro station south of Stockholm.

Shortly thereafter he was robbed of all his valuables and left on the tracks before being run over by an oncoming train.

Following the incident, Johnny had half of his left foot amputated and his right knee has been damaged to a point where he’ll need a prosthetic in future.

Sitting in a wheelchair with a yellow blanket over his legs, Johnny was on hand for Monday's hearing, facing his attacker in person for the first time.

Prosecutor Maria Gylder played surveillance camera footage from the September 8th incident, the same footage which prompted outrage among Swedes when it was broadcast on TV3's "Efterlyst" ('Wanted') television programme last month.

The footage shows the suspect harassing and then robbing Johnny as he lay on the tracks before the 28-year-old calmly walked out of the station.

Clea Sangborn, the suspect's defence lawyer, said that the event was tragic, adding that everyone wishes that her client had helped the 38-year-old victim.

"But that's not what is being examined from a legal perspective; rather it's the crime that took place on the tracks. One must differentiate between what is legally wrong and morally wrong," she said.

The 28-year-old tried to explain his actions further during the hearing at the Södertörn District Court.

"I'm unemployed and have tried to find work without any success," he told the court.

He added, speaking quietly, that he needed money for medicine due to problems with his feet.

The courtroom gallery was filled with spectators and journalists for the much anticipated trial, which comes one month after the 28-year-old was arrested in the north Stockholm suburb of Stockholm following an intense manhunt.

The man is on trial on two counts of aggravated theft.

Johnny said he doesn't remember anything from the incident at the subway station. His last recollection is from just outside the Stockholm pub where he had been celebrating earlier that night.

"I'm not even sure what I was doing in the subway. I usually take a taxi home after a night of partying," Johnny told the court.

"You wonder how this could happen. I wish he'd told the station attendant that I was lying there; that he'd saved me."

During Monday's hearing, the 28-year-old suspect repeatedly asked for forgiveness, explaining he feared he would be blamed for the fact that Johnny had fallen on the tracks, when in fact, the 38-year-old fell without being pushed.

"In my home country, when you help someone who has been injured you can be blamed for having injured him," he said.

The 28-year-old said he regretted what he had done, calling the robbery "a stupid idea".

"If I'd known there were cameras, I wouldn't have stolen from him, but instead would have helped him," he said, adding he feared the 38-year-old would accuse him of pushing him onto the tracks.

When prosecutors asked the suspect how much money he took during the theft, he burst into tears.

He was then asked if he'd stolen on other occasions than the two to which he's admitted, he answered no.

"I really apologize. I've really feel guilty for having robbed him. I'm sorry and remorseful," he said

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Your comments about this article

17:49 October 15, 2012 by intrepidfox
Put him away for 25 years with bread and water and deport this piece of shiiiite
19:16 October 15, 2012 by 50öre
You mean to Tunisia?
19:28 October 15, 2012 by micvau
I cerainly hope the prison guards will turn their backs for a few hours while Johnny's fellow country men can help repay the good deed that this slimy scumbag showed their fellow Swede, that's IF he'll recieve a custodial sentance.

The only obvious remorse this guy has is that he got caught.
20:22 October 15, 2012 by star10
"If I'd known there were cameras, I wouldn't have stolen from him, but instead would have helped him," ... you would help him to avoid the camera, not to help him. What a dumb!
21:33 October 15, 2012 by fmb
where is he from? publish it!
23:35 October 15, 2012 by rramirez
How do you know he's a Shiite? He could be a Sunni or maybe even a Coptic Christian. Oh I get it, you meant poopoo.
00:02 October 16, 2012 by jostein
@micvau

Hardly. Swedes make up only 15 % of the swedish prison population.

I have this from a swede thats in prison for economical crimes so is in a low security facility. Other indications are the Ikaros list (google it) or the fact that 28% of inmates do not have swedish citizenship. But the state is extremely tighlipped about this. 20 years ago it would have been feasible to make a documentary about swedish prisons. Today? Unthinkable. Which is problematic in itself. The mind shudders at the thought of the abuses taking place these days in the swedish prison system.
00:36 October 16, 2012 by wxman
Just keep telling yourself that you don't have a criminal immigrant problem, Sweden. It's best when you tell yourself this delusion over and over again, that you close your eyes and click your heels together. There, see? No problem!
05:50 October 16, 2012 by Alexey-nsk
Oh! It is necessary to bring more of such "new Swedes", comes the order, beauty, and a wonderful life!
10:12 October 16, 2012 by coldjava
Serves johnny right!!

If you're too wasted to walk or take the train home...get a freaking taxi!!

It's not like he pushed him onto the track. He would have been run over by the train either way!

The only crime here is that he robbed someone and possibly not a good samaritan. 6 months max!

Think about this..Say you were an immigrant and you were very drunk and fell on the track .. do you think swedes passing by would help out? don't think so! There were probably some Swedes in the surroundings when the incident happened.
12:36 October 16, 2012 by captainbirdseye
@Coldjava

Yesterday at aournd 14:00 a local alcoholic fell head first onto the tracks at Hötorget station knocking himself unconcious. Within seconds Swedes and my immigrant self were down there to lift him up. According to your logic we should of left him there and no Swedes would of helped him anyway. Keep your misinformation to yourself
13:10 October 16, 2012 by pappabear
Come now, please don't put yourselves down...Swedes are good at crime too, you know....it's not like the immigrants invented it! See below for some good old school murder and worse...

Knutby murder (2004) for which Sara Svensson and Pastor Helge Fossmo were convicted.

Anna Lindh murder (2003) for which Mijailo Mijailović was convicted.

Björn Söderberg murder (1999) for which neo-Nazis Hampus Hellekant and Björn Lindberg Hernlund were convicted.

John Hron murder (1995) for which Daniel Hansson and other neo-Nazi was convicted.

Olof Palme murder (1986) for which Christer Pettersson was convicted, but in a higher instance freed.

Jacob Johan Anckarström murdered king Gustav III in 1792, which became the subject of Verdi's opera Un Ballo in Maschera. He was executed.

Clark Olofsson, a life long criminal sentenced for various high-profile crimes. One of the main men behind the Norrmalmstorg robbery (1973), which fostered the term Stockholm syndrome.

Mattias Flink, a military lieutenant who unprovoked opened fire with an Ak 5 in Falun 1994, killing seven.

Jackie Arklöv, Tony Olsson and Andreas Axelsson; bankrobbers who in 1999 shot and killed two police officers at Malexander, executing them by head-shot from close range with their own service pistols. See also Murders at Malexander.

John Ausonius, the "Laser Man", who shot eleven foreign-looking people between 1991-1992, killing one.

Thomas Quick, serial killer convicted of eight crimes, but confessing 14 others between 1964-1990.

[See, I told you could do it...!!
13:45 October 16, 2012 by robban70226
He should be dipped in hot oil in the middle of the plaza, then his remains trowed to the dogs...
14:26 October 16, 2012 by coldjava
@captainbirdeye

misinformed? hardly... I've been living in swden for 4 years and have seen it all. The best a swede will do is call sos but to actually try to help.. no way!

Now ofcourse it doesn't apply to all swedes but most i tell you and you know this yourself.

Ofcourse since you were trying to help the so called local alcoholic, it would not be appropriate not to try and assist.

Now, I'm not saying what that dude did was right but this is pretty common if you use the underground alot.. so many wasted drunks lying on the floor everywhere. Apparently, you don't see anything wrong with that.
10:46 October 20, 2012 by gogigboy
Deport him now, set an example. don't end up like us in England!!!!!!!
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