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Court upholds sentence for subway robber

Court upholds sentence for subway robber

Published: 22 Dec 2012 13:56 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Dec 2012 13:56 GMT+01:00

A Swedish court upheld an 18-month prison sentence for the 28-year-old man who robbed a drunken man who lay passed out on a Stockholm subway track and left him to have his legs mangled by a train.

The Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm also confirmed the 5,000 kronor ($765) in damages that the 28 year-old had been ordered to pay to the 38-year-old victim.

The robber, a Tunisian citizen, will be deported upon the completion of his prison sentence, and will then be barred from re-entering Sweden for five years.

However, the court did not uphold the prosecutor’s demand for a tougher sentence.

The prosecutor had asked the appeals court for a three and a half-year prison sentence and 10,000 kronor in damages.

Video surveillance footage of the incident shocked Sweden earlier this year, showing the victim staggering on a subway platform before losing his balance and falling face-first onto the tracks, where he lay

unconscious.

The robber is then seen jumping onto the tracks and stealing the man's mobile phone, a gold chain, a small bag and 1,500 kronor in cash before calmly leaving the scene.

Seven minutes later, a subway train enters the station. The driver slams on the brakes upon seeing the drunk man on the tracks, but not in time to avoid driving over his legs, causing him to lose a foot and suffer serious knee injury.

In court the robber explained that he had needed money to pay for food and rent. He explained that he had not helped his victim because he feared he would be suspected of having pushed him on to the tracks.

"Had I known there were cameras I would not have robbed him. I would have helped him," he said.

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14:48 December 22, 2012 by Ulvenkai
I can't believe this. Five years? He should be banned from ever stepping foot in Sweden again! Sweden doesn't need monsters like this living in its society!
14:56 December 22, 2012 by Marc the Texan
Really can't understand why this guy is given the privilege of being allowed back after 5 years. And only 18 months? This court decision defines the phrase 'adding insult to injury' just perfectly.
16:17 December 22, 2012 by fareasttiger
Sweden, Sweden, I simply have no words for you anymore. If I call you stupid then it will be an insulted to those who are really and genuinely stupid people. What the f.... wrong with you st... mo....... Sweden?
18:13 December 22, 2012 by ctinej
This makes me sick. This creep needs to be in prison for much longer than that, but in a horrible one, where a train might run over his legs. NEVER let this ***** back into Sweden!! But he will just change his name and come back anyway.

And....Thank you for telling us where he is from!!! Deport most of them before Sweden is destroyed forever!! How about telling us if he worked for a living or was a permanent parasite.
18:58 December 22, 2012 by Brianito
This "leech" is a coward , he is not a man, after a failed appeal, his sentence should be increased and then he should be deported immediately after his release, if he has no country of residence before arriving in Sweden, keep him locked up forever. So simple!
11:11 December 23, 2012 by Lars Porsenna
"Had I known there were cameras I would not have robbed him. I would have helped him," he said.

please tell him that they weren't SVT cameras.
11:51 December 23, 2012 by Hamsterdam
Reactionary mugs. 18 months for robbing an unconscious drunk? Far too much.
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