• Sweden's news in English
 

Man who tortured stepson to death set free

Published: 26 Nov 2012 10:30 GMT+01:00

Among other forms of abuse, the boy was subjected to beatings, electric shocks and being forced to lie naked in the snow.

The boy's mother, who was also released on parole this summer according to tabloid Aftonbladet, was convicted alongside her partner in 2006 of aggravated manslaughter (grovt vållande till annans död).

The pair eventually dumped their son Bobby's body in a lake after finding him dead in bed.

The disturbing details of the abuse shook Sweden in 2006.

Among other forensic evidence, Bobby’s blood was found in the family’s vacuum cleaner, which had allegedly been used on his private parts.

The stepfather had large amounts of pornography on his computer, many with elements of sadomasochism.

Much of the criminal case involved the parents blaming each other for the abuse.

Bobby's case also led to changes in Swedish law.

The Lex Bobby law, introduced two years on in 2008, outlines the responsibilities of people working with children to report suspicions of abuse.

After his death, Bobby’s teachers reported that he spoke about sex more often than his class mates. He had also mentioned his mother’s drinking.

No one followed up on the signs.

Despite the extreme abuse, Bobby’s parents were not convicted of murder.

"It wasn’t possible to prove that they wanted to kill the boy, only that they showed extreme carelessness," criminologist Jerzy Sarnecki told news agency TT.

"If the court had found that they meant to kill him, then they would have been convicted of murder, which entails life in prison."

It is customary in Sweden that convicted criminals serving long sentences are released two-thirds of the way through their sentence, he added.

TT/The Local/at

Follow The Local on Twitter

Your comments about this article

12:50 November 26, 2012 by jack_sprat
No society that releases human filth like this back among its innocents in any way deserves to survive.
13:37 November 26, 2012 by djmarko
6 years for a heinous crime in Sweden, crime must surely pay, crimes against children should be an automatic life imprisonment, this paedophile will be left to live in someone neighbourhood, in fact, you might be living next to a killer, dont they have laws in Sweden where you can check these types of criminals living in your neighbourhood??
14:11 November 26, 2012 by Flutterbye
It wasn't possible to prove that they wanted to kill the boy, only that they showed extreme carelessness," criminologist Jerzy Sarnecki told news agency TT.

Is this man for real ?.......I see Sweden is as bad as the UK for letting maniacs out to walk the streets, hopefully soneone will give that poor boy justice.
16:41 November 26, 2012 by Rishonim
To add insult to injury, he may even sue the system and win, to retroactively collect lost wages with interest for the six years he spent behind bars. Heja Sverige...
20:23 November 26, 2012 by Snoopy!
Scum of the earth, this country & its sentencing is the laughing stock of the world, absolutely pathetic & why is is that the voice of reason does not prevail amongst the Swedes & shout for far tougher sentencing ....wait don't answer that
21:02 November 26, 2012 by Rishonim
@Snoopy, they have no time to shout loud for tougher sentencing. They are busy with other more pressing causes like organizing to boycott Chris Brown upcoming concert.
22:23 November 26, 2012 by B Slick
The Swedish Goverment, Courts and people may put a high value on the society as a whole but put very little value on a individules life as demonstrated in the "Bobby Case". Does any other "westren country" put such little worth or value on a persons life than Sweden? The answer is no!
11:29 November 28, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
Today's headlines
Presented by ConnectSweden
ConnectSweden: Examining Sweden's place in the world

ConnectSweden: Examining Sweden's place in the world

Read The Local's ConnectSweden ambassador series, in which we interview prominent figures in Sweden's business, diplomatic, and cultural spheres to learn more about Sweden's place in the world, both literally and figuratively, and how international air connectivity affects perceptions of the country abroad. READ  

Video
The Swedish Viking town using a Scottish sound
Åkeby is situated in south east Sweden. Photo: Shutterstock

The Swedish Viking town using a Scottish sound

The way Swedes say 'no' is slightly different in one isolated town in the south of the country, where many Vikings settled in the 10th century after returning from Scotland. The Local's Maddy Savage has been to Åkeby in Kalmar to investigate why a strange, Scottish-sounding phrase has stuck around for centuries. READ  

Thousands lose global TV channels in Telia row
Several channels are affected. Photo: Telia

Thousands lose global TV channels in Telia row

Up to 700,000 households that subscribe to Nordic telecoms giant Telia’s television packages have seen several channels – including Eurosport – disappear due to a dispute with broadcaster SBS. READ  

Presented by ConnectSweden
CEO: Bromma 'essential' for Skanska's success
Pierre Olofsson, CEO of Skanska Sweden. Photo: Skanska

CEO: Bromma 'essential' for Skanska's success

The future of Bromma Airport has sparked a torrent of political debate, with supporters arguing it’s essential for Sweden's connectivity. But it’s more than that, says Skanska Sweden’s CEO Pierre Olofsson. It’s also critical for work-life balance. READ  

The Local List
Six super Swedish family Easter traditions
Easter witches in Sweden. Photo: Lena Granefelt/Image Bank Sweden

Six super Swedish family Easter traditions

The clocks have gone forward and the supermarket aisles are piled high with chocolate delights. It must be time for Easter. But what do secular Swedes do slightly differently to other nations when it comes to celebrating the festival? READ  

Swedish Astrid Lindgren prize for African group
Books used by the winning PRAESA group. Photo: TT

Swedish Astrid Lindgren prize for African group

An association that promotes reading among children has become the first African group to win the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's largest prize for children's and young people's literature. READ  

Opinion
Swedish firms must learn from Saudi business row
A Swedish workplace. Photo: Suzanne Walström/Image Bank Sweden

Swedish firms must learn from Saudi business row

Swedish companies worried about the nation's business links with the Arab world should instead be focussing on their own responsibility to promote and demonstrate ethical behaviour, argues business rights advisor Ruben Brunsveld. READ  

Canadian star sought for Sweden hockey attack
André Deveaux (left), Jens Hellgren and Mike Vernace celebrate a 0-2 win over Västerås on Sunday. Photo: Andreas Hillergren/TT

Canadian star sought for Sweden hockey attack

A Swedish prosecutor has ordered the arrest of Canadian ice hockey player André Deveaux after he was caught on video violently slashing an opponent in a pre-game warm-up for his club side in Ängelholm. READ  

US spy agency to feature in Stieg Larsson sequel
The actors playing Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the original Swedish movies based on the books. Photo. TT

US spy agency to feature in Stieg Larsson sequel

The sequel to Swedish author Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millenium crime trilogy, due for release in August, kicks off with an artificial intelligence intrigue involving a US spy agency, the book's publishers have revealed. READ  

Swedes rescue Syrian refugee's cat in Sicily
Mela the cat arrived in Sweden on Saturday. Photo: Minna Lind

Swedes rescue Syrian refugee's cat in Sicily

A Syrian refugee will be granted her wish this Easter after staff at a Swedish animal shelter rescued her long lost cat from quarantine in Sicily. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
ConnectSweden: Examining Sweden's place in the world
Gallery
Property of the week: Åreda
Sponsored Article
Why Stockholm is the 'Boston of Europe'
Was Swedish TV host too harsh on nationalist leader Åkesson?
National
Travelling over Easter? Don't miss our guide to rail disruption
Blog updates

27 March

Celebrating Three Great English Exports In 2015 (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Deputy Head of Mission Aidan Liddle joins us for another guest blog today. In 2015, England..." READ »

 

27 March

Editor’s blog, March 27th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Europe remains in shock following the Germanwings plane crash in the Alps that killed 150..." READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
'Sweden must embrace openness and diversity'
Scandinavian airlines change cockpit rules after Greenwings crash
National
Sweden remembers Nobel laureate Tomas Tranströmer
Politics
Why petrol prices are going up
Gallery
People-watching: March 28th
What's on in Sweden: March 26th - April 2nd
Stieg Larsson's partner blasts Millennium trilogy sequel
Society
How to never miss your favourite weekly features on The Local
Gallery
People-watching: March 25th
National
Which words are changing in Sweden's latest dictionary?
National
Is this house 'un-Swedish'?
National
Sweden pays tribute to victims of Germanwings Alps crash
National
Neo-Nazi activity rising in Sweden
National
How to make Swedish Waffles
Gallery
Property of the week: Torslanda - Hjuvik
National
Stray dog Arthur moves in with Swedish owners
Sponsored Article
Ten tips for succeeding as a start-up in Sweden
National
Sweden triples maximum limit at asylum centres
Gallery
People-watching: March 21st
National
Why elderly Swedes are among the world's happiest people
National
TIMELINE: Gothenburg shootings
National
Can Sweden's feminist party score success in neighbouring Norway?
National
Why Brits can't get enough of Sweden
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Sweden's solar eclipse
National
What's on in Sweden this week
Royal wedding countdown begins
National
Viking ring reveals Islamic ties
National
TIMELINE: Julian Assange sex allegations in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: March 18th
National
One in three Russian diplomats are spies, says Sweden's Security Service
National
Hitchcock opera set to hit Gothenburg stage
Gallery
IN PICTURES: Northern Lights on show across Sweden
Technology
Why Swedish pop star Robyn is pushing for more girls in tech
Gallery
Property of the week: Umeå
National
Introducing Sweden's Eurovision 2015 entry Måns Zelmerlöw
Gallery
People-watching: March 13th - 15th
National
Why have Swedish prosecutors made a U-turn in Julian Assange case?
Sponsored Article
How Sweden and India can work together
Politics
Who's the new young leader of the Christian Democrats?
Travel
Why are Swedes so obsessed with Mallorca?
Gallery
Princess Estelle celebrates her mother's name day in Stockholm
National
What's on in Sweden this week
National
Obama's anti-Semitism team heads to Stockholm and Malmö
Sponsored Article
Expert US tax preparation for Americans in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Stockholm job fair helps immigrant entrepreneurs
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

3,442
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se