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Man who tortured stepson to death set free

Man who tortured stepson to death set free

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

A man convicted for fatally abusing his 10-year-old stepson Bobby and then dumping the boy's body in a lake in one of the most high-profile criminal cases in Sweden in the last decade has been released after serving six years in prison.

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.

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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
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