Boys remanded over murder
TT/The Local · 8 Oct 2007, 12:32
Published: 08 Oct 2007 12:32 GMT+02:00
A custody hearing is scheduled to be held at Stockholm District Court on Tuesday evening.
"The public prosecutor is going to request on Monday afternoon that all five be remanded in custody on suspicion of murder," said police spokesman Björn Engström.
The five boys, as well as a number of witnesses, were taken in for questioning on Monday morning. Björn Engström would not say whether any of the suspects, all aged 16, had admitted to killing the boy.
The victim was attacked outside a nightclub in the Kungsholmen district. His attackers hit him and kicked his upper body and head.
The youngster's heart had stopped beating by the time paramedics arrived at the scene, but doctors at St Göran's Hospital were able to restart it. Doctors struggled to control extensive haemmoraging on his brain, and news of his death was announced on Sunday afternoon.
Lawyer Åke Broné, who represents one of the boys, said that his client felt terrible about the incident and suspicions that he had contributed to the boy's death.
"He denies the charge and he also denies have used any violence against the 16-year-old. He tried to intervene to stop the argument," said Broné.
According to the lawyer, his client was a friend of the victim.
"My client's father and the victim's father know each other. They were once work colleagues," he said.
The lawyer also added that four of the boys had singled out a fifth boy as the main culprit.
Crown Princess Victoria, who knows the dead boy's father, went to Kungsholmen Church on Sunday. She told Svenska Dagbladet she "wants to take a stand against unnecessary violence. Young people should realize the consequences of violence."