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Man cycled across Malmö with victim’s head

A man accused of murder cycled across Malmö with his victim's head in a sports bag. The 45-year old and a 47-year old friend have been charged with the murder in April 2005.

The murder, which took place in Malmö’s drugs underworld, was revealed in a tip-off to police in January. The body was found in garage in a well-known drug den the Videdal area of the city, and was identified as belonging to a 47-year old man with a long criminal record who had been missing since April 2005.

The body was badly disfigured and the head was missing.

A man, now 47, was arrested at the time the body was discovered. The 45-year old was arrested later, initially suspected of sheltering a criminal, but murder charges have now been leveled against him.

“They are suspected of jointly murdering the 47-year old,” prosecutor Mats Svensson said.

He said that the younger of the two suspects has admitted being present when the man was killed, but said the older man killed him. The older man denies ever meeting the victim.

The 45-year old said that the body was first put in a temporary hiding place. Later, when they were trying to bury it, the hole turned out to be too small, so they chopped the victim’s head off. The man said that he cycled with the head to the Limhamn dock, and threw the head in the water near the old ferry terminal. Police found the head exactly where he told them it would be.

Svensson said the body showed signs of serious assault. The man’s death appears to have been caused by a knife through the heart and the aorta. The murder is believed to have taken place 8th April 2005. The motive appears to have been an argument about drugs and the alleged theft of a watch.

It is claimed that the murder was common knowledge in Malmö’s hard drugs-taking circles.

“Half of Malmö knew about this,” one witness said in questioning, according to Svensson.

TT/The Local

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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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