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SUBWAY ROBBER ON TRIAL
Subway robber gets 18 months in prison

Subway robber gets 18 months in prison

Published: 23 Oct 2012 10:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 23 Oct 2012 12:27 GMT+02:00

At the conclusion of the man's trial at the Södertörn District Court, the prosecutor requested the 28–year-old thief be sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison followed by deportation.

However, the court chose to give the man 18 months in prison followed by the requested deportation.

The incident, which occurred in mid-September, was captured on security cameras and broadcast across Sweden on TV3's "Efterlyst" ('Wanted'), making the thief Sweden’s most wanted man at the time, according to local police.

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 made the fall at the Sandsborg metro station south of Stockholm.

The thief, who had been previously tormenting the victim as he slept at the station, then jumped onto the tracks, took the man’s phone and jewellery, and then left the 38-year-old to be hit by an oncoming train.

Half of Johnny’s left foot has since been amputated and his right knee was damaged to a such an extent that he’ll need a prosthetic in the future.

The thief is also suspected of another crime in Enskede during the summer, where he is said to have robbed another sleeping man at the subway station. The thief has confessed to both crimes.

"I stole the telephone because I needed money to eat," he said through an interpreter as he sobbed in court last week, according to the TT news agency.

He added that he had left the victim on the tracks as he was afraid that he would be suspected for pushing him down.

However, leaving someone to be hit by a train is not illegal, a fact that the 28-year-old’s lawyer highlighted throughout the trial.

The crime has been labelled as aggravated theft.

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12:13 October 23, 2012 by salalah
If he was in Tunisia (where he says he is from) they would chop his right hand off for stealing. He doesnt look like he is starving exactly...
12:40 October 23, 2012 by rob582
Should have been deported...
13:08 October 23, 2012 by me_i_sverige
I cannot believe my as§ when I read he sobbed!!! His lawyer must have taught him. Btw, what is "requested deportation"?
15:14 October 23, 2012 by intrepidfox
The Swedish judicial system is a total joke. Sooner or later citizens will take the law into their own hands.
15:22 October 23, 2012 by AL ATTAR
I fully agree that the sentence is very soft and the criminal should have gotten much tuffer sentence to discourges such a criminal act. Otherwise the chances of people taking the law into their own hands will be on the increase especially against Migrants in Sweden.
16:44 October 23, 2012 by bluerain303
He deserves more than 18 months.
18:11 October 23, 2012 by Richard Head
Hey, as long as the deportation order is carried out, I'm cool with the short sentence.
19:36 October 23, 2012 by johan rebel
The court most certainly did not sentence him to "18 months behind bars", it handed down an effective 12 month sentence, not all of which is necessarily spent behind bars.
22:15 October 23, 2012 by Taxalien
Amazing that they use deportation. It seems to be so rare these days.
22:59 October 23, 2012 by ramshead
The sentence seems light, but it is better to deport him than to house and feed him. He is the kind you don't need in Sweden.
23:12 October 23, 2012 by Children Of Adam
If i were judge i could send him for at least 18 years.
03:29 October 24, 2012 by Grokh
should be forced deportation who the hell wants a person like that in a country, i mean seriously if u steal the guy least you could do is pull him out of getting smashed by the train. but he didnt even have the decency to do that, what other things is he capable of doing ...
22:11 October 24, 2012 by shard
Dick, it's not often I think I can get to say this, but for once you and I are in agreement.

As always, I hope someone in the general prison population reads the newspapers, and takes it upon himself to play trains with this sorry excuse for a man during his short stay in jail.

It may not bring much solace to the victim, but the short sentence means smaller burden on the taxpayer, and this disgusting individual kicked out of the country pronto.
16:45 October 25, 2012 by micvau
Puh, 18 months for the SCUMBAG and life for the victim and his family. I hope the Sweden will have the balls to carry out deportation after his release. How much of this sentance will he actually carry out? Sweden has one F**KED up legal system. And if he didn't pay his tax 10 years. LIsten Sweden, Stop what your doing and take a stance to protect your borders and citizens from the filt that's trying to enter. I can't help but wonder what kind of a sentance a Swedish guy would get for the same crime in this guys country.
01:24 October 26, 2012 by Garry Jones
If you think 18 months is a long time for this then you don't live in Sweden or are just not used to the sentences here. A drunk killed a 14 year old girl in a car crash on New Years Eve some years ago. He got 3 months. A guy in Mora shot down 6 people, killing 1, in 1990. He served about 5 years. A Swedish UN soldier killed seven in Falun in 1994, he has had visits outside jail and is set to be released. Swedish sentences are low, the fact that this guy got 18 months is pretty amazing.

Personally I'd like him to have been given the death penalty if he is sane. His actions actually point to an inability to be able to connect action with consequence and I feel he may well be an Aspergers in which case he should have been released into care.
23:56 October 26, 2012 by Andre Danson
I am puzzled.

You never mention man identity in "Subway robber gets 18 months"

but on the same page you write "Coffee with Finnish killer "revealing finnish man identity immediately.

Isn`t it a double standart ?

Is Sweden afraid to mention that horrible robber who heartlessly

left man to die on subway trucks is a MUSLIM from Tunis as he claims. Print it just like you print about every criminal right away

his identity,country of orygin ect.

Stop being wrongly politically correct.Be honest !!!
14:41 October 29, 2012 by gogigboy
Deport him once he is released. He is given the chance to live in a lovely country like Sweden and he takes advantage of it. I would give anything to live there.
17:09 October 29, 2012 by ENJOYLIFEVIDEOS
So the article says..."However, leaving someone to be hit by a train is not illegal, a fact that the 28-year-old's lawyer highlighted throughout the trial." Is it "illegal" by any chance in the person on the railroad was pushed BY THE CRIMINAL!!!???
12:36 October 30, 2012 by rebelart.se
if the dumb drunk swede was not drunk he would not have ended up on the tracks...

he only has himself to blame....dumb cracker.....

after - thought....

i wonder what phone he stole from the guy

probably an i-phone.......

only i-phone users would be so dumb to fall onto a train track without being pushed.....
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