Gang chases injured man to hospital

There were chaotic scenes at Östra Hospital in Gothenburg on Tuesday afternoon as a group of men chased down a man who had earlier received gunshot wounds at a restaurant in the city.

Gang chases injured man to hospital

Police needed to use force to arrest the men and prevent them from entering the hospital.

Police had made their way to the hospital after staff at Östra informed them that a man matching the victim’s description had arrived there seeking treatment.

“Five men arrived in a group after he had come inside. But our janitor acted according to the rulebook and called the police. The police were here and there was a pretty big melée outside the emergency ward,” said hospital spokeswoman Ann-Christine Andersson.

Police remained unsure as to the identities of the attackers and their victim by 5pm.

The drama began when a man was injured in a shooting incident at a restaurant at Wieselgensplatsen in Gothenburg earlier in the afternnon.

Witnesses reported that the victim and his attackers had both fled the scene by the time police arrived at the restaurant.

According to police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg, a number of men entered the restaurant at the same time.

“They fired an unknown number of shots. One person was hit,” he told TT.


Sweden’s ‘snippa’ rape case to go to the High Court

When Sweden's appeals court threw out a guilty verdict in a child rape case over the meaning of 'snippa', a child's word for a vagina, it caused a scandal in Sweden. Now, the Swedish Supreme Court wants to hear from the Court of Appeals about its decision.  

Sweden's 'snippa' rape case to go to the High Court

Attorney General Petra Lundh criticised the appeals court for “a number of serious miscarriages of justice” in the way it dealt with the case. 

The man had been sentenced to three years imprisonment in 2021 after the district court heard how he, in the prosecutor’s words, had “by sticking his hand inside the plaintiff’s shorts and underwear, holding his hand on the the girl’s ‘snippa’ and having a finger inside her ‘snippa’, performed a sexual act” on her. 

The girl’s testimony was found to be credible, in part because she had told her mother about the incident on their way home.

But in February this year, the appeals court threw out the conviction, arguing that it was unclear what the girl means by the word snippa, a word taught to Swedish children to refer to female genitalia.

Despite agreeing with the district court that the man had touched the girl between her legs and inserted his finger into her snippa, the court found that it could not be determined whether the girl was referring to her vulva or to her vagina.

If the man had inserted his finger into her vagina, that would have met the standard to be classified as rape. Because the girl said that his finger was “far in”, but could not state exactly how far, the appeals court found that it could not establish beyond doubt that the man had inserted his finger in her vagina and not her the vulva.

Because no lower-grade charges, such as sexual abuse or molestation, had been filed against the man, the appeals court could not consider other offences.

This week, the Attorney General lodged a complaint with the Supreme Court against the appeal court’s decision. Now the Swedish Supreme Court has given the appeals court until April 12 to explain its decision-making in the case.

The Supreme Court has not decided whether it will hear an appeal against the decision to clear the man of rape charges.