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Trouser thief charged over violent garment swap

A sweatpants-wearing 26-year-old has been charged with theft after knocking a more formally dressed citizen to the ground and removing his jeans.

The trouser abductor struck after a bouncer at a pub in Helsingborg in southern Sweden refused him entry on grounds of being improperly clad.

But the hapless victim was not to be left bare-legged for long, as the bandit made up somewhat for the jeans injustice by removing his sweatpants and throwing them down at the other man’s side.

Neither of the men got a chance to try on the other’s clothes however; the sight of two half naked men quickly aroused the suspicions of a passing police unit, who wondered what was afoot.

“We’ve just swapped trousers,” the 26-year-old assured the officers.

But both the owner of the jeans and the bouncer told a different story, and the denimjacker was soon back in his sweatpants and placed under arrest.

The 26-year-old has been indicted for theft at Helsingborg District Court.

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Hunter shot jogger ‘by mistake’ Swedish court rules

A Norwegian hunter who shot a jogger in the thigh probably thought he was shooting a deer, a Swedish court has ruled.

Hunter shot jogger 'by mistake' Swedish court rules
75-year-old Olle Rosdahl was shot while out jogging. Photo: TT
Helsingborg District Court ruled that although video recorded by the hunter's night sights clearly showed that the figure he was aiming at looked like a person, it was nonetheless plausible that he had believed he was aiming at a roe deer.
 
“When we look at the film in hindsight, we know that it is a person,” Sofia Tollgerdt, the judge in the case, ruled. “But according to the research, there is a considerable risk that we overestimate our ability to recognize that at the moment of shooting.” 
 
The man, who faced a 12-year sentence if found guilty of attempted murder, was instead sentenced to one year behind bars, and ordered to pay damages of 38,000 Swedish kronor ($4084). 
 
The hunter's defence lawyer in court cited research showing that experienced hunters who are expecting to see a certain animal in a hunting environment can trick their own minds into seeing that animal even when it isn't there. 
 
The hunter was found guilty of causing serious bodily harm and using illegal infrared sights and illegal ammunition, and was severely criticized for deliberately shooting in the direction of a road which had buildings behind it. 
 
Ola Lavie, the prosecutor in the case, said that he had realized the man was likely to be found innocent when he was released from custody on the last day of the trial. 
 
 
“I was surprised when he was released so I'm not surprised now,” he told Swedish state broadcaster SVT. “All I can say is that the court made a completely different judgement in the case from the one I did.” 
 
Lavie said he had not yet decided whether to appeal the judgement. 
 
Olle Rosdahl, 75,  was having an early morning run in the countryside outside his home in Klippan, Skåne, at 4.30am on November 29 last year when he suddenly received a bullet in his hip. 
 
“I heard a blast and fell to the ground. I was shrieking 'What the hell kind of shooting is that',” Rosdahl told Swedish broadcaster SVT after it happened. 
 
When the 48-year-old Norwegian was initially arrested, police believed the shooting was accidental, but after  looking at the recordings from the sights saved on his phone, the prosecutor charged him with attempted murder.
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