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CRIMINAL

Ex-boyfriend charged with brutal assault

A 21-year-old man has been charged with the brutal assault of his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend in Kristianstad in southern Sweden in November.

The woman was found badly beaten on the outskirts of Kristianstad on November 6th, her injuries initially classified as life-threatening.

The 21-year-old is her former boyfriend and has been charged with rape, assault, unlawful threats, abduction and attempted murder.

The rape, assault and the unlawful threats are alleged to have occurred on October 28th, a short time before the alleged attempted murder.

The woman was interviewed by police in the interim period before she was attacked again on November 6th.

The woman was beaten so badly that she has not yet been able to talk to police in the course of the investigation. She was, among other things, subjected to a stranglehold and received knife wounds.

ASSAULT

Swedish NBA star won’t play amid assault probe

Swedish-American Jeffery Taylor of the Charlotte Hornets will not be involved in team activities as the basketball association and police probe the domestic assault charge against him.

Swedish NBA star won't play amid assault probe
Jeffery Taylor in action for Sweden against Russia in 2013. AP Photo

The team, in a statement Friday, did not characterize its action as a suspension, and indicated Taylor agreed to the measure.

"As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution," the Hornets said.

"We have spoken with Jeffery and his representatives and they fully understand our position."

Taylor was arrested and charged on Thursday in East Lansing, Michigan, just the latest unsavory incident to tarnish the reputation of US sports.

The 25-year-old was arraigned and has been formally charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property, a police statement said.

Authorities did not outline the circumstances of the case, saying only that police were called after a report of domestic assault at an East Lansing hotel at around 1:00 am on Thursday.
 

Taylor, a 25-year-old measuring 201 centimetres, was born in Norrköping in eastern Sweden. He is about to enter his third season in the NBA. He holds dual Swedish and American citizenship

He missed most of last season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in December.

His arrest came just days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league was reviewing its policies on domestic violence in light of the public relations crisis the NFL is facing over its handling of several such cases involving high-profile players.

That included the NFL's clumsy handling of Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked his future wife unconscious in a casino elevator in February.

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