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Police interview teen in pensioner death investigation

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11:53 CEST+02:00
A 14-year-old boy is being questioned about the murder of a 70-year-old farmer outside of Eslöv in southern Sweden.

But police emphasize that the boy hasn't been informed that he is suspect in the case.

“We have spoken with a 14-year-old about the information he is thought to have that is pertinent to the investigation,” said Skåne police spokesperson Lars Förstell to the TT news agency.

The Kvällsposten newsper reports that the boy was provided with legal counsel for the interview, but Förstell emphasized that the counsel doesn't automatically have the role of a defence lawyer.

According to the paper, police suspect that it may children or young people may be responsible for the 70-year-old's death, but police refuse to comment on the information.

The 70-year-old man was found bound and beaten on his farm in Kastberga outside of Eslöv in May.

The main theory has always been that people forced their way into the man's home to steal money and that a fight broke out during which the 70-year-old was overpowered.

Evidence suggests that the man was alive when the perpetrators left the house and that he may have survived for several days before dying from a combination of his injuries, hunger, and a lack of water.

The immediate cause of death has not yet been determined.

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