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Men released after blaming each other for murder

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Two men who blamed each other for murdering an 18-year-old woman in Höganäs, southern Sweden in 1998, have been released by Helsingborg district court pending the verdict in their case. The decision to release them indicates that neither man will be convicted.

The men, aged 28 and 29, are charged with assaulting the woman when she came across them during a break-in. She was found with serious head injuries in the garden of a house in Höganäs, and died in hospital without regaining consciousness.

The men have blamed each other both in court and in earlier police questioning.

"It's about time," said Stefan Rosell, lawyer for the older man.

"My client is very relieved and happy about his release."

Rosell said it was clear that neither man would be convicted of deliberately killing the woman. He said that it would be wrong for one either of the men to be convicted purely on the strength of the evidence of his co-defendant.

"So much evidence about when, where and how the murder was committed is lacking," said Rosell.

The men's trial concluded on 16th November. Helsingborg district court will announce the date of the verdict on Monday.

Both men admit having been at the scene of the crime. The younger man claims that the 29-year-old was the killer. The older man claims that the 28-year-old was beating the woman when he came and tried to intervene.

Police arrested both the men earlier this year after a tip-off that the older man came home with blood-spattered trousers on the night of the murder.

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