Holidays delay 16-year- olds’ murder trial

The prosecution of two 16-year-olds for the murder of a 15-year-old girl in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby has been delayed almost two months, because the forensic expert is on holidays.

The reason for the delay, according to the prosecutor, Karolina Lindekrantz, is that the medical legal expert at the National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket) is on holidays and cannot finish the forensic inquiry, a report in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper has revealed.

A 16-year-old boy has confessed to killing the girl on the night of June 6th, and his girlfriend, who is also 16, is charged with incitement to commit murder.

Although the evidence against the accused is already very strong, the accused are still waiting for their trial to begin. Lindekrantz expects proceedings to commence at the end of August.

Claes Borgström, the lawyer who is defending the two accused, has criticised the delay as unacceptable. “Despite that he has confessed it is a big strain for him to be detained according to LVU (the law on the care of juveniles – ‘lagen om vård av unga’),” Borgström told Dagens Nyheter.

“According to the law, crime committed by young people that is punishable by a jail term should be investigated with ‘particular urgency’,” he added.

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