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Convicted murderer suspected in new killing

TT/The Local · 22 Jun 2009, 11:56

Published: 22 Jun 2009 11:56 GMT+02:00

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The man had recently had his prison sentence reduced, allowing him to take regular furloughs.

Around 11am on Saturday, a woman was found stabbed to death in an apartment on Kungsholmen in central Stockholm.

The 36-year-old was arrested the same day, and later charged with murder.

The man was already serving a life sentence for another murder committed 13 years ago, reports the Expressen newspaper.

The then 23-year-old man had assaulted and stabbed an intoxicated 46-year-old man to death in Storfors in Värmland in central Sweden.

In May, Örebro district court converted the man's life sentence to a period of 21 years based on the man's good behaviour and the court's assessment that there was little risk he would commit further crimes.

Head prosecutor Gunnar Brodin, who made the recommendation that the court reduce the man's sentence, does not want to take responsibility for the decision.

“I was going on the recommendations of the National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket) and the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården). He has been well-behaved and has been granted regular furloughs for several years,” Brodin told the TT news agency.

Brodin explained that the risk of reoffence was low, but that in hindsight it appears granting the 36-year-old furloughs was "a poor decision".

The murdered woman has not yet been identified and her relatives have not been informed, according to police.

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Nor has the suspect been questioned by police.

"He has not admitted anything but has requested a change of attorney. We have therefore been unable to question him," Stockholm police spokesperson Petra Sjölander told TT.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:27 June 22, 2009 by Harding00
"regular furloughs"...what's the point to even having a prison sentence if you can go on vacation while in prison? When will Sweden learn?????
13:35 June 22, 2009 by peropaco
Sweden is a country run by dumb azz monkeys starting from the top to the lowest level public servants. You cannot expect them to learn; it is like teaching a donkey to do tricks.
14:03 June 22, 2009 by Tennin
Wow, lately there've been plenty of people in prison gets released for the weekend or a day, and commits another crime of the same nature they're already in prison for. Sweden needs to start learning that, these people took someone else's rights and shouldn't be given the same rights as people not in prison.

I feel really sorry for the lady and her relatives. If they never released that man for a day "vacation" she'd still be alive.
15:43 June 22, 2009 by Playmaker
Did i read this right. the prosecutor asked for his sentence to be reduced and let go on weekend vac., but does not take ANY responsiablty. wow
17:40 June 22, 2009 by Mb 65
When i first came to Sweden and went to SFI i was always saying you are to trusting and every Swede said it won't happen here. In the 8 years i have been here i can tell you that it is happening here.
17:50 June 22, 2009 by Kooritze
What a naive system!! What does Sweden still thnk that this country is somewhat different and criminals get a very easy time with too much rights, weekend leaves and such craziness.

This is a sad example where the system in this case led to the murder of an innocent person.

This country needs to get real!
20:18 June 22, 2009 by Harding00
I think many Swedes have their head in the sand when it comes to crime. I can not count the number of times I have heard "it doesn't happen here," or "it is rare that..." I make sure I lock my door even when I am home, and I wanted to ask about making sure the locks were changed before I moved into my apartment, but my fiancee's parents said they don't do that here, and that I don't need to worry about it. Umm...I am still a little worried...and I think it is justified. It is not just the system that is naive, it is the majority of the people too. I come from the US and we have a lot of crime, but according to UN statistics, Sweden has more crime than the US. With the US only having more murders. Sweden has more rapes, robberies, assaults, etc.
02:47 June 23, 2009 by jimmyjames
In all seriousness the entire Swedish government should be indicted for accessories to murder. How do you look the parents, family, friends, ect. of the 2nd victim in the face and tell them her killer was on a legal leave from a Life sentence he recieved for killing another women. Why are not the Swedish citizens, especially the victims of rape and family members of murder victims, not in the streets of Sweden like the brave Iranians ?? NO JUSTICE - NO PEACE......NO JUSTICE - NO PEACE ....How on earth can the decendents of THE VIKINGS have become so damn pitiful and lacking in basic common sense. I am an extremely liberal person on alot of social issues but then again I am not a damn fool who insists on trying to live in some utopian society that does not exist no matter how much you want it to exist. Personal, ethnic, national, cultural, and economic survival must be founded on REALITY.
08:43 June 23, 2009 by skane refugee
Unbelievably sad case ...

Does anyone know what will likely happen to the alleged repeat murderer if he's found guilty of this crime?

i.e. will he be still be entitled to regular 'holidays' from prison?

is there a 'high security' prison where repeat and dangerous offenders are incarcerated?
09:02 June 23, 2009 by jack sprat
Agree with Jimmy. Sometimes I wonder if the Judges,Courts etc have any care or respect at all for the past victims of crime and others that could suffer in the future due to there softly,softly approach.

There have been a few similar cases in the UK fairly recently with calls for heads to roll.

When such things happen in some latin countries thousands of ppl.can be out on the streets protesting in no time at all.

They communicate and organise themselves in large numbers so much quicker and much more effectively and very often get a result.

I am of course talking only of peaceful organised protest here,not riots
10:25 June 23, 2009 by jack sprat
To continue from my previous post with regard to ppl.making their voices heard,I think in N.Europe the community spirit that gets and keeps folk together is fast disappearing.

I find in Spain it is of major importance.Neighbours or (vecinos) living nearby are often almost as close as family.

In Districts of Cities (barrios) or Villages ppl.are again in much closer contact regarding many aspects of daily life relating to various issues and are much more aware of things which affect them.

This relates not only to problems, but occasions like getting together on a much greater scale, with everyone helping or being involved with such things as the never ending numerous fiestas and other celebrations.

I can think of numerous occasions from local to national level in recent years where their large protests or joint requests have been very effective.

They will call up the TV stations at the drop of a hat and the reporters are on the job before you can say jack robinson, interviewing everyone from the local mayor to the local dropouts.

It is all up on the news screen in a couple of hours with almost anyone who wants to, having their voice heard, often at National level.

Another interesting thing is the legal system which once fully understood, I think is better in some ways than that based on the UK and USA.

Cases are judged by professionals who have been rigorously trained to sort the wheat from the chaff.

They can usually see through the dodgy lawyers and defendants with bad luck and sob stories that would in the UK at least, see many hardened criminals walking free with just a pat on the head.

How can a jury consisting of ppl.totally inexperienced in what they are requested to do, make a fair decision or see through the many veils of lies and false stories brought before them?

A word for the knockers before they wade in,...yes there are very many things not so good in Spain,...eg corruption is much worse for a start.

However I think there are still lots of good lessons to be learnt from some other Societies as I mention above.
13:05 June 23, 2009 by Benzed
Head prosecutor Gunnar Brodin, who made the recommendation that the court reduce the man's sentence, does not want to take responsibility for the decision.

Gutless wonder.

I know you're quoting the UN here, dubiously, but these figures are laughable at best. It's a hell of a lot safer here than in most countries, a fact that people lose sight of in tragic occasions like this. In New Zealand we have the same hysterical reaction to the heinous crimes that occur, because in 1950 these things never happened, so now when they do once a year it is a day of national mourning.

It's important to not become matter of fact or blasé about murder, but equally sensible to put it in perspective. This is a shocking result of some inept beurocracy, but hardly a sign that Sweden is going off the rails to the extent of bigger countries such as America or the UK.
20:27 June 23, 2009 by jack sprat
""so now when they do once a year it is a day of national mourning.""

Sounds like you've been on another planet the last few years or do you just read the news one day of the year?
20:31 June 23, 2009 by Keithy
Hmmm, so the UN figures are wrong? I'd like to see the counter figures.

The level of crime is often a matter of perception, often fuelled by the media. I lived in London for eight years and never saw so much as a punch thrown. Perhaps your experience of London was different, as are other people's of Sweden.
20:41 June 23, 2009 by Mib
Until victims become the priority of the courts and have involvement with the sentencing, this will continue. You can almost guarantee that we will hear this same type of story every year.

The civil servants who then decide to make these "tick box" decisions always seem to blame the system or make some other excuse. While the victim and their family suffers, they carry on as normal with no shame, no conscience and no pride in serving the public.

If democracy truly worked, we would not have these problems happening over and over again. Maybe if this type of crime happened to a politician or their family, we might see some changes.
16:43 June 24, 2009 by Benzed
Yes. It's called "Sweden".
15:08 July 3, 2009 by Gosser
Skane refugee wrote:-

" Does anyone know what will likely happen to the alleged repeat murderer if he's found guilty of this crime?

i.e. will he be still be entitled to regular 'holidays' from prison? "

Wow! I can't believe someone could even think of something that. Just ask yourself would the victim get a chance to come back for the regular holidays?
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