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Teen murder suspect rushed to hospital

TT/The Local · 20 Aug 2009, 14:53

Published: 20 Aug 2009 14:53 GMT+02:00

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The court proceedings were suspended until further notice.

The teenager suffered a panic attack after relating the story of the killing to the court. He had previously told the court about his relationship to Therese.

"The reaction was so severe that an ambulance was called and he was taken to Huddinge hospital. He was not carried on a stretcher and was able to walk by himself," the boy's lawyer, Claes Borgström, told the TT news agency.

The cross-examination of the boy would have continued on Thursday afternoon, but will now be delayed until further notice.

"I would have thought that the cross-examination can be resumed on Tuesday when the proceedings reconvene. In the interim he will receive help to work through his feelings and recover," Borgström said.

The 16-year-old will receive medical attention and be taken to the youth detention centre where he is being held and will then receive help from a psychologist.

Borgström claimed that the boy had received sufficient help and support during the trial.

"Yes, I think so. He has me, his parents and staff from the social services with him in court," Borgström said.

The 16-year-old female defendant's lawyer, Jan Karlsson, says that he has a raft of questions to put to the boy, which he hopes to be able to ask on Tuesday if the boy's health allows it.

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"The case hangs on the testimony of the young defendants and the text messages. Witness testimony has less bearing," Karlsson said.

Karlsson said that his defendant has also suffered from the day's events.

"She has been feeling very upset all along and that did not improve as a result of this," he said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:15 August 20, 2009 by bocale1
well, if you kill someone, you should at least expect some pressure on you later on... It is very hard for me to feel any pity for these 2 people that have killed one person and probably ruined their own life for long long time.
19:29 August 20, 2009 by La Figaro
Panic attack, how convenient

I really don't understand it, you commit a terrible crime like murder, you are now being questioned about it and you start having panic attack?!

If he was going to the gallows what will happen? He'll die before getting there?!

Frankly, I'm not impressed.
20:02 August 20, 2009 by insect
That is such a fake reaction. What should give someone a panic attack? The thought of going to prison or the thought of snuffing out someones life? Cmon! I would let the idiot panic himself to death.
22:18 August 20, 2009 by BravoTango
Just think of the panic he'll feel when he is sentenced to jail and has to deal with his new 'girlfriend'.

I have no sympathy. If he is not guilty, he should have no need to panic. If he is guilty, then he deserves what his victim received.
12:38 August 21, 2009 by Puffin
So if he is "faking it" - what would be the point of doing this AFTER he had confessed to the murder and explained to the court how the murder was committed?
00:41 August 23, 2009 by Coalbanks
I doubt he is faking anything except the up-coming statement of remorse over the death he caused & the loss experienced by the dead girl's family & friends. He has just come to the rather belated & terrifying realization that he is not going to get the rewards promised him by his girlfriend & co-conspiritor. Instead he is going to prison for at least a few years where he will be the "girlfriend" in a new relationship or a number of relationships with a new social group.
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