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Detention hearing for teen murder suspects

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16:57 CEST+02:00
Prosecutors want a Stockholm-area court to have two 16-year-olds suspected in the weekend murder of a teenage girl in Stureby south of the city remanded in custody.

Public prosecutor Karolina Lindekrantz wants the Södertörns District Court to order the boy held on suspicion of murder and the girl held on suspicions of incitement with an alternative charge of complicity to commit murder.

“The suspicions against them have grown stronger following an interrogation with the 16-year-old boy last night,” Lindekrantz told the TT news agency.

If the court issues a remand order for the two teens, they will be moved from their holding cell in Västberga south of Stockholm to a detention centre in Flemingsberg.

“Assuming women can be held there, otherwise it will be Kronoberg [detention centre],” said Lindekrantz.

The prosecutor admitted that the two 16-year-olds are rather young to be detained.

“Normally you can let suspects this young be taken in custody according to LVU,” said Lindekrantz, refering to the abbreviation used for Sweden's law on care of young people ( Lagen om vård av unga).

“But in this case that type of solution doesn't offer sufficient restrictions.”

A group of police from Stockholm's southern district continue to interview a number of young people who were present near the festival grounds where the badly injured body of the 16-year-old girl was found on Sunday morning.

Lindekrantz said the boy was cooperative during his interrogation but she wouldn't say whether or not he had confessed.

When asked to confirm reports that the boy claims to be innocent, the suspected 16-year-old's new attorney, Claes Borgström, refused to comment.

“It could be interpreted that way,” Borgström told TT.

The teenage victim was attending a party near where she was found by two friends shortly before 1am on Sunday morning.

Seriously wounded at the time, the girl was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries.

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