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Parents ‘should get jail for boy’s death’

The adoptive parents of a young Czech boy, who allegedly died due to neglect, have been released on bail by a court in Jönköping. The mother was found guilt of causing grievous bodily harm, and will undergo a psychiatric examination. The court said it would pass judgment on charges of manslaughter on 30th March.

Earlier, prosecutors argued that both parents should be jailed for at least a year.

Lead prosecutor Stefan Edwardsson said that the mother and father bear equal responsibilty for the death of their son, and should serve between one and one-and-a-half years. He noted that the boy would have celebrated his fourth birthday today, Monday, but that his life ended on 8th January when he died of blood poisoning and pneumonia. The prosecutor says that the boy died because his parents did not seek medical treatment for him, and they therefore should be convicted of manslaughter.

The prosecutor said that the boy had a large number of infected sores on his body, and loose skin on his feet had led to necrosis.

“Given the circumstances, they should have sought medical attention during the final days, but they didn’t even call a doctor,” he said. The prosecutor asserted that the boy’s life could have been saved if he had received care in time.

The prosecutor also said that the mother should be convicted of child abuse for forcing her son to lick up his own urine. The prosecution has throughout the trial portrayed the mother as the dominant force in the family, and tried to show that she had lost control of the situation.

Ewardsson said she should undergo a major psychiatric examination; she has already been submitted to a minor examination. He also said that she should remain detained until possible sentencing. He had no objections to releasing the father on bail, given that there there is no longer a risk that he will impede the investigation. He also said he was dropping his charge against the father of serious assault, saying that the evidence was not strong enough.

Both the mother and the father deny all charges against them. They say they did not realise that the sores could have such terrible consequences.

Bo-Erik Malmvall, an consultant specialising in infections at Ryhov hospital in Jönköping, testified for the parents. Judging from the pictures of the boy he said that a number of the sores were infected with impetigo, which is not particularly painful. The bacteria, an aggressive type of streptococcus, entered the bloodstream and caused acute blood poisoning.

The symptoms of such blood poisoning are very hard for a layman to observe, and gave examples where even doctors had died of blood poisoning. The condition can also progress very quickly, with death sometimes coming within hours.

TT/The Local

CRIME

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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