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Pensioners rally behind slap-happy 70-year-old

Pensioners in south central Sweden are mobilizing in support of 70-year-old Ronald Fasth who was charged with assault for striking a 12-year-old boy in response to verbal insults from the youth.

Pensioners rally behind slap-happy 70-year-old

Hundreds of pensioners were expected to turn out on Thursday for the start of Fasth’s trial in front of the district court in Jönköping.

“We’re not coming her because we think what he did is right. But we are coming to stir debate,” Evald Larsson, chair of the Nässjö chapter of the Swedish pensioners association, Sveriges Pensionärsförbund (SPF), told the TT news agency.

With coffee and informational brochures waiting under a marquee, the group is ready for the bus loads of pensioners expected to descend on the city square outside the court house.

Emotions are running high for many of those gathered to support Fasth and they wonder how they should react when provocations from children and teenagers go too far.

“We don’t think it’s fun to be called an old witch or an old fart,” said Larsson.

The assault in question, minor in the eyes of prosecutor Liselotte Nilsson’s indictment, took place in July at Folkets Park in Värnamo in south central Sweden.

Fasth, who has been a volunteer at the park since the 1960s, slapped a 12-year-old boy who called the pensioner an old fart (‘gubbjävel’) and then began riding his bicycle across the park’s miniature golf course.

“I don’t regret a thing,” Fasth told TT.

“They really raise hell with all that horsing around.”

According to the 70-year-old, he has not yet succeeded in ridding himself of the young trouble makers.

If anything, he said, things have got worse.

“There are 10 to 15 young people and they don’t care. They continue to shatter lights, use graffiti, set fires, and break everything in sight,” he said.

Larsson plans to hold a speech under the tent today to ask if this is the kind of society people want to live in.

“We have to reflect on how young people can be put on the right path and we have to challenge politicians to talk about this without fear of losing votes,” he said.

Fasth has admitted his guilt in the incident and is ready to accept whatever punishment is meted out.

“I have no expectations,” he said.

“But it’s good that the public has opened its eyes for how life for an older person can be.”

He has already received several donations to help cover the expected fines he will receive, and more keep coming in.

He plans to donate any surplus left over after the fines are paid to Folkets Park.

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Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses

Police are investigating one case of murder and two attempted murders at a care home in the west of Sweden, after a doctor raised the alarm about suspicious insulin overdoses.

Police probe mystery death at Swedish care home after spate of overdoses
At least of the women did not normally receive insulin injections. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT
“There is one man who died in connection to the events,” Stina Lundqvist, the prosecutor in the case, told the local Göteborgs Tidning newspaper.
 
“All of these three people who received a medication which they were not supposed to have, according to what they were prescribed,” she added in an interview with Swedish state radio broadcaster SR
 
“We are investigating the events as attempted murder,” she told Sweden's TT newswire, which reported that it could be a case of active euthanasia, which is illegal in Sweden, although the prosecutor did not comment.
 
The doctor reported his suspicions to the police after two women from the same section of the care home were admitted to the hospital, both suffering from extremely low blood sugar. 
 
“Through giving the plaintiff insulin, someone has caused her to lose consciousness and stop breathing,” a senior doctor at the hospital wrote in a police report.
 
The doctor added that the woman would not have been capable of administering the insulin herself. 
 
In January this year, a third resident from the same section of the same care home, was also admitted to the hospital suffering from low blood sugar. It was then that police put a prosecutor on the case. 
 
“It's unlikely to be a coincidence because it is all from the same section and is the same type of event,” Lundqvist told TT.
 
“But it's a slightly special case. We can't say with confidence that this is an attempted murder. That's something we hope the investigation will shed some light on.” 
 
“There are certain elements which suggest a crime has been committed, although exactly what evidence this is, I cannot go into at present.” 
 
 
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At least one of the women did not normally take insulin, and another was admitted with a type of insulin in her body different from that which she was prescribed. 
 
According to a report in a local newspaper, a police search of the home found two empty insulin pens containing fast-acting insulin which were not registered in the home's records. 
 
Lundqvist said it was a “complicated investigation”, as many of the staff who worked at the home at the time had already moved on. 
 
“We have no one at present we could reasonably call a suspect, but of course there are people we are looking closely at,” she said. “It's of course a natural part of our investigation to look at who has been working at the home when all the events took place.” 
 
The prosecutor in the case, Stina Lundqvist, says there is not yet a suspect. Photo: Adam Ihse/Exponera
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