Man jailed for attacking snowball throwers

A 44-year-old man from Karlstad has been sentenced to eight months in jail after being ound guilty of assaulting three children who were throwing snowballs outside his apartment earlier this year.

The man was initially held in custody on suspicion of having assaulted a 9-year-old boy after a snowball hit the window of his flat in the western Swedish town, as The Local reported in February.

The boy was out throwing snowballs with two of his friends in the courtyard of an apartment block one Sunday evening when the incident occurred.

When one of the snowballs crashed against his window, the man lost his temper and walked out into the yard.

“He was very irritated when he came out. He grabbed the 9-year-old and punched him in the face. Then he kicked the boy when he was lying on the ground,” police spokesman Tord Carlsson told Aftonbladet at the time.

The boy’s friends, a boy and a girl aged 10 and 15, tried to intervene. They too were struck by the 44-year-old.