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Mugged Malmö woman's death 'not caused by violence'

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18:16 CEST+02:00
Police have indicated that violence was not the cause of a woman's death during a mugging in Malmö on Monday. The woman, 48, later died in hospital.

A preliminary investigation showed that the woman's purse was stolen but that her assailant did not use violence.

"In my opinion there is no connection between the perpetrator's actions and the death," said police commissioner Thomas Albinson in a statement.

While the exact cause of death has not yet been ascertained, the woman did have a prior history of illness which is being treated as a contributory factor.

Police had on Monday night not made any arrests in connection with the incident, but they had compiled a description of the man. Several people witnessed the robbery, which took place on Fosievägen shortly after 7pm on Monday. One of the witnesses alerted the police and ambulance.

According to the witnesses the mugger grabbed the woman to try to steal something from her.

"On this, she fell to the ground and was left lying there," said Malmö Police's Hans Bengtsson.

It has since been established that the mugger more than likely left the scene with her purse.

The woman was conscious when the ambulance arrived, but her condition deteriorated quickly. She died later in hospital in Malmö.

Witnesses said the robber did not physically assault the woman, nor did he use a weapon. He ran from the scene following the robbery.

Police had previously been treating the case as manslaughter but have now downgraded the suspect's crime to what police have referred to as "a theft-like situation".

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