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Man arrested for 1995 murder

A 41 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 16 year old boy in Stockholm more than ten years ago.

The man, who lives in Nacka, in Stockholm, was seized by police on Tuesday morning and was being interviewed later on in the day by chief prosecutor Ola Sjöstrand.

The 16 year old boy from Solna was found dead on New Year’s Day 1995 in a harbour warehouse, after celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Fryshuset youth centre in Norra Hammarbyhamnen.

The murder was given extra public attention when police revealed their suspicion that the boy’s dealings with a skinhead gang could have led to his death.

Shortly after the murder a 17 year old acquaintance of the boy was charged, but he was later released.

The police are not saying much about the investigation. The case was addressed by the TV4 programme Cold Case on March 7th but police declined to say whether that led to a tip-off about the 41 year old man.

“I don’t want to say how the man came into the frame for us,” said police spokesman Ulf Göranzon to TT.

Police are expected to reveal more details about the case after interviewing the man.

Ulf Göranzon emphasised that the man is being held on the lowest degree of suspicion.

The 16 year old had left Fryshuset at around 1am but none of his friends saw him go. They searched for him for the rest of the night but did not find him.

He was found the following day in an empty warehouse 300 metres from Fryshuset, lying on the floor with serious head injuries. One of his hands had been chopped off.

The murderer appeared to have taken the hand with him, and it was never found.

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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