Three in custody following balcony death
TT/The Local · 1 Aug 2009, 10:23
Published: 01 Aug 2009 10:23 GMT+02:00
Two women suspected of illegal imprisonment and abuse were remanded at the same time.
On Tuesday, several people witnessed an older man fall from a fourth-floor balcony in the Stockholm suburb. At first, the police believed the man had jumped, but they then arrested the man and two women, who were found in the apartment shortly after the incident.
Following drawn-out negotations, the 39-year-old man was remanded on Friday afternoon by the Södertörn district court on suspicions of murder. The women were remanded for allegedly illegally imprisoning and abusing the man.
According to the TT news agency, the 60-year-old victim made a multi-million kronor deal where he sold off several business units of a successful company he founded.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear. The remand negotiations were held behind closed doors and prosecutor Södertörn declined to comment.
The 39-year-old man's lawyer is not allowed to comment either, other than the say that his client denies the accusations and hopes to be found innocent.
“The district court's decision is a clear indication that the current evidence won't stand up,” laywer Sargon De Basso told TT.
The prosecutor now has a week to gather evidence and new court negotiations must be held by next Friday.