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Appeals court confirms Stureby killing sentences

TT/The Local · 5 Feb 2010, 11:15

Published: 05 Feb 2010 11:15 GMT+01:00

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In September 2009, Södertörn District Court found the two teens, a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, guilty of having killed the girl.

The boy was found guilty of murder and the girl of instigation of murder. The court confirmed that the two teenagers should serve 20 months in institutional juvenile care.

The court ruled that the evidence supported the judgement that the boy had been subjected to psychological abuse by his girlfriend and thus that their intent was the same, despite the fact that the boy actually executed the killing.

The boy admitted to the killing to the police the day after, while the girl maintained her innocence in the Södertorn court trial.

According to testimony and evidence gathered from mobile phone text messages, the 16-year-old girl had threatened to break up with the boy unless he killed Johansson Rojo, who had allegedly told several people that she was also in a relationship with the boy.

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After asking Johansson Rojo to accompany him to a wooded area near the graduation party that they were attending, the 16-year-old boy proceeded to beat and strangle Johansson Rojo, leaving her for dead.

She was found early the next morning, seriously injured. She was then rushed to a hospital where she later died from her injuries.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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11:42 February 5, 2010 by bezjaj
1 year for killing, but economical lifesentence if not payin p-tickets..The land of perverted lagom.
11:56 February 5, 2010 by canuk
this is not just killing, its premeditated murder, a crime punishable with life in prison in canada. Not only that, but even though this person was a minor, its common for events like this to push this into the adult court where they will try you as an adult. here you rape someone and the person raped is put at fault, you kill someone and get a joke sentence. but copy music files and your prison terms is indefiniate.
13:01 February 5, 2010 by Audrian
It is unfair verdict to say the least.
14:24 February 5, 2010 by aaww
sweden is just a sick country
15:10 February 5, 2010 by mdl29907
Far too short of a sentence; despite their youth they should have been locked up for a long while.
18:16 February 5, 2010 by BLADESKATER00
These two are not a boy and a girl--they are a MAN and a WOMAN! From the limited article its not clear the woman is a murderer, the so called psychological abuse from her towards the murderer is an an incompetent and immoral attempt to diminish the murderer's behavior. Twenty months of "Juvenial care" for murder is outrageously inappropriate; there are two options here--the first and most appropriate is execution of the murderer--unfortunately the Swedish people are too immoral for this and second life in solitary confinement with no parole! Let's not forget this MANS victim received an eternal sentence--she doesn't get off in twenty months! By treating criminals lightly--it always encourages more crime in a society--its time for the Swedish people to wise up.
18:34 February 5, 2010 by calebian22

In Sweden, the belief that criminals can be rehabilitated runs rampant, especially in the judiciary. Everyone deserves a 15th chance. Ridiculously short sighted, considering these two murderers will do it again.
09:10 February 6, 2010 by Pont-y-garreg
This sentence seems most inadequate.
14:43 February 6, 2010 by Audrian
The killers may have been neglected or abuse by their parents. The parents should accept responsibilities. I think both children and parents should receive stiffer punishments.
20:22 February 6, 2010 by Vendorune
Agree Audrian
01:04 February 7, 2010 by veryprocanadian
In the States, these two likely would have been tried as adults. They weren't 18 when they committed their crimes, so they could not have gotten the death sentence. However, they probably would have gotten life (with or without parole- here in North Carolina, they throw away the key, and in Texas it's 40 years- depends on the state), and thus would have had a minimum of 10-15 years (and likely longer) to think about what they did to that girl. Too lenient, this sentence... the theory is good, but the practice is terrible...
10:52 February 8, 2010 by Gretchen
Just trying to put myself into the parent's shoes of the victim. My daughter brutally murdered like it was a joke, the killer out after 20 months, probably still in the neighborhood. Mmmmh, I guess it would be better for him and me that he moves to a place unknown. But even more so I wonder , where is the public outcry, where are masses of angry people and journalists protesting against a legal system that has completely forgotten the victims and that justice has to include punishment to be real.
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