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Woman stabs boyfriend after disappointing sex

A 40-year-old man from Luleå received life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the lung by his 28-year-old Russian girlfriend. The pair were staying at the man's apartment in the northern Swedish town when they got into a heated argument about their relationship.

The 40-year-old says that his girlfriend was disappointed with the quality of their sex that evening.

Having acquired a short-term visa for herself and her young son, the woman came to Luleå for a holiday in early January.

“The woman has a steady job in Russia. She works at a chicken farm and her son is in school,” district prosecutor Karin Hansson told The Local.

The woman’s boyfriend has worked in Russia for a many years and the pair had been together for just over a year.

But on the night in question a discussion about their relationship ended in violence.

“There was a conflict. She grabbed a knife and stabbed him,” said Hansson.

The woman claims that she grabbed the first item that came to hand, only realising later that it was not a pen or a fork as she had initially thought.

She told police that she later hid the knife in a wardrobe.

“He received a stab wound through the lung. The woman then contacted some neighbours, who called the SOS number,” said Hansson.

When emergency services arrived at the apartment the man was unconscious and his pulse was weak, newspaper Norrländska Socialdemokraten reports.

“The rescue team managed to save his life. There was a lot of blood,” said Hansson.

The man was able to recover from his injuries after a successful emergency operation on his right lung.

Police arrested the woman and took her to the station with her young child.

Both parties agree that the dispute stemmed from dissatisfaction with their sex life. But their versions of events differ on other points.

For example, police discovered a loaded gun in the apartment. The woman claims that she stabbed her boyfriend in self-defence after he had pointed the gun at her head.

He claims however that her fury was borne solely of disappointment with the evening’s sex. While he had indeed borrowed a gun from a friend, it had not been produced on the night in question.

The case will go to trial at Luleå district court on Friday.

“I have pressed charges for deportation,” said Hansson.

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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