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Acquitted man admits to killing after 12 years

Published: 23 Oct 2012 07:57 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Oct 2012 07:57 GMT+02:00

After 12 years, a 34-year-old man has confessed to killing a 51-year-old father of four in Skövde in central Sweden in 2000, telling police he needed to clear his conscience.

The suspect, who was 22 at the time of the killing, walked into a police station in Stockholm last month and admitted to the murder of 51-year-old Nabhan Beyondoun, the TV4 affiliate in Skaraborg reported.

According to TV4, the man confessed because "the heavy burden of having killed a person".

The now 34-year-old man had previously been charged with the Beyondoun's killing, but was ultimately acquitted by the Supreme Court (Högsta domstolen) in 2003, in part because the victim's body was never found.

Some of the Beyondoun's remains were eventually recovered in a drainage well in 2006 when construction workers cleaned the ditch in connection with a road improvement project.

However, the evidence wasn't enough to warrant a retrial.

One of the 51-year-old's sons expressed his frustration over the fact that his father's killing remained unsolved for more than a decade.

"I'm thoroughly and deeply disappointed in the Swedish legal system. My father was lying there, in a drainage well, and police were there with their cars several times. What were they thinking? That he'd be lying up on a field," the son told the Expressen newspaper.

The father of four disappeared in May 2000, having been last seen in Skövde in a white car with the then 22-year-old man who has now admitted to the killing.

"I really hope they figure out what happened to my father. He was the best father," the victim's son told Expressen.

Prosecutors believe the confession is enough to warrant a retrial in the Supreme Court and last week filed a motion asking the court to hear the case once again.

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08:42 October 23, 2012 by RobinHood
Sweden's criminal justice system is in a terrible state. The clearly guilty go free, the clearly innocent go to jail.

The Guardian yesterday ran a piece on the Thomas Quick affair. In any other country it would be a national scandal. Mr Quick was given vast quantities of drugs before his interviews and then spoon fed his "confessions" to multiple crimes he could not possibly have comitted.

The people responsible are now in senior positions in the Swedish justice system and have created an environment where truth and justice are secondary to their own ambitions. They should themselves be in jail for perverting the course of justice in multiple murder cases. Interestingly, it is these same people behind the eccentric handling of the Assange case.
08:48 October 23, 2012 by byke
A very sad story.

If convicted, I wonder to what degree any sentence will or could be offset in retaliation by the legal system as part of its embarrassing bungling's previously. Especially given that its only when the defendant has come forth and plain outright admitted the crime, that it only now stands chance of a successful prosecution.

# Rubbing Salt in the wound.
09:59 October 23, 2012 by muscle
Some part of it like The confession by grisham
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