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Arrest in Eskilstuna murder case

A 62-year-old man was found dead in his apartment in Eskilstuna in central Sweden on Friday. A 54-year-old was on Saturday arrested on suspicion of his murder.

Police were unwilling to confirm if the suspect was a man or a woman.

Svante Melin at Södermanland police confirmed to TT on Saturday afternoon that the suspect is in custody and will be examined by a medical examiner later today.

The suspect, who has no previous criminal record was collected from their home in central Eskilstuna, near the suburb of Nyfors were the murdered man was found.

The dead man lived alone in his apartment in the town, south-west of Stockholm. He was found dead on Friday evening by a female acquaintance, who has a key to the residence.

When the man’s body was subjected to medical examination suspicions were aroused over foul play, Melin confirmed.

It is not however yet been confirmed exactly when the man died.

“But probably on one of the last few days,” Melin said.

The 62-year-old man’s body will be transported to the medical examiner’s office in Solna for tests and an autopsy on Monday or Tuesday.

Svante Melin confirmed that the 62-year-old is not previously known to police for any prior offence or criminal connection.

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Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden’s Easter riots

A 30-year-old man has been jailed for six months for throwing a stone at a policeman during one of the riots that swept Sweden over Easter.

Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden's Easter riots

The man was found guilty of “violent rioting” and “attempted violence against an officer” for his behaviour during a riot in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Good Friday. 

The sentence by the Solna District Court marks the first ruling connected with the unrest, which followed a series of Koran-burnings carried out by the Danish far-Right activist Rasmus Paludan. 

Although the man was found guilty of taking part in the riot, the court ruled that there was no evidence he was an organiser or instigator of the violence. 

“Many people were active and the crowd rushed back and forth for a long time. There has been no indication that [his] actions had any effect on the crowd “, the court wrote in its judgement. 

Although he threw a stone, it did no damage as the policeman managed to duck in time. 

READ ALSO: Swedish police say riots are ‘extremely serious crimes against society’

The police had requested SEK 10,000 in damages, but the court refused to award any, arguing that violence was to be expected at such a large riot. 

“This was a situation where the police had a clear reason to expect to be met by some violence, and can be assumed to have been prepared for this,” the court wrote.

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