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Dissatisfied customer took salesman hostage

A 28-year old man in the southern town of Linköping, who was dissatisfied with his new laptop computer, took brutal revenge on the man who had sold him the goods.

With the help of two friends he called round two the man’s apartment and took him hostage along with three of his companions. The victim described the events of December 5th last year as being “like a mafia film,” Corren reports.

The 28-year-old was charged on Thursday with a number of serious crimes.

After receiving the latest of a number of computer deliveries he is reported to have gone to the victim’s home with two friends.

One of the 28-year-old’s friends is said to have become aggressive and begun threatening the men with a knife.

“It was like in a mafia film when they run in and take people hostage. That was when the nightmare began,” said the victim when questioned by police.

For the next two hours the victim is said to have been exposed to psychological terror. The 28-year struck him on the head and threatened to burn him with cigarettes.

In return for the men’s safety the 28-year-old demanded 20 computers.

Expressen reports that the 28-year-old and his friends threatened the men with rape if they did not comply with the demands.

Before leaving the apartment the men bound the victim’s companions and ordered him not to untie them until twenty minutes had elapsed.

“If you call the police I will slit your throat,” one of the men is reported to have said.

Police were finally able to arrest the 28-year-old on December 31st. He is currently in police custody while awaiting trial. He has refused to answer any questions.

Police have not yet been able to arrest his two accomplices.

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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