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Elderly couple in hospital after parking lot assault

TT/The Local · 30 Mar 2010, 11:37

Published: 30 Mar 2010 09:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 30 Mar 2010 11:37 GMT+02:00

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The 78-year-old woman has sustained life-threatening head injuries.

"The woman was operated on yesterday evening at the neurosurgery clinic in Lund and her condition was serious, and remains serious on Tuesday morning," Hans Boklund at Skåne University Hospital told news agency TT.

Police had found no trace of the assailant by late Tuesday morning.

"We have got in a whole load of tips and witness testimony, but we need more," said Cindy Schönström-Larsson at Skåne police.

Police received a report over the hit and run attack in front of the Hemköp supermarket in central Landskrona at around 2pm on Monday.

The woman, who is from the Swedish town on the south-west coast, was punched in the face when she tried to intervene to protect her soon 80-year-old husband.

According to Skåne police, the assailant is a young man aged between 20-30, who fled the scene in a small red car - either a Mazda or a Toyota.

The aggravated assault occurred after an exchange of words in connection with a parking situation, where the elderly man had sounded his horn in order to get the younger man to move his car.

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After the older man had parked his car, the young man challenged him over why he had sounded the horn. He opened his door, hitting the elderly man as he passed by and pushing him onto the bonnet of a nearby vehicle. The young man then punched him on the back and in the face, according to Persson.

"That's when the woman tries to intervene. She is then punched in the face and knocked out."

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10:24 March 30, 2010 by LailaC1
I hope they catch him and punch him in the face and knock him out. Disgusting how anyone can assault someone over a car parking space, even worse when it is an elderly couple.
10:35 March 30, 2010 by DAVID T
2 against one seems a bit unfair - these old people are always causing trouble :-)
11:06 March 30, 2010 by scrawler
@ David u will also get old one day...! then u realize if it happens to u..!

then few will say ur words "these old people are always causing trouble :""
11:10 March 30, 2010 by Audrian
In my vocabulary there is no equivalence for this arrogant, cowardce, inhuman and criminal behavior. This animal should be apprehended and punished to the limit of the law.

The so called action films, which could show violence against innocent people and also the type of war the US is waging, which is killing children, families and some times whole villages, is teaching young people to be cruel is okay.

Sweden should campaign good manners and identify violent children for special attention (as well as correct some of the inequities). Otherwise it will come back to bite society in a very ugly way.
11:12 March 30, 2010 by saar
In Sweden police never gives away a full description of a criminal(s). That would have helped a lot. All police would say that a bad guy has two legs and two arms and a head.

And he is young. Yeah, that helps. They think people are idiots.
11:12 March 30, 2010 by miss79
capitalism lifestyle
11:33 March 30, 2010 by International Man of Leisure
@scrawler - I think you missed the sarcasm is David's post. He even put a smiley to help you. ;)
11:50 March 30, 2010 by FACTSPOLICE
i am really in tears over this, because another incident happened to another elderly woman, who was robbed just recently. How anyone could disrespect the elderly is beyond words. But we really need to teach our children manners and respect, it is seen to often, where some just have no concern or care. Regardless of weather the older couple incited this, its called courtesy and respect, I would have let the couple have the spot. In fact, I believe that certain parking space should be reserved not only for disabled persons but also for elderly persons. To all Malls, Food Shops, Hospitals, Schools, etc., please, please make parking easily accessible to the elderly!
12:28 March 30, 2010 by G Kin

Are you trying to justify this act by blaming the old people?. You could be the perpetrator trying to justify his act :( Anyway...

I just wonder how quick the young man carried out his act before disapearing. In my society he would be lucky if the police showed up soon enough to rescue him from possible bi-standers.

But again this is sweden.

People will more or less never get involved.

Little or no respect for old people who are considered more or less a borden to society. No longer productive.

Even when caught the criminals receive a slap on the wrest in the name of justice.

Not too long ago an old man was fined for correcting a recarcitrant teenager.

As long as one live in sweden, I guess its one of the areas to just keep a blind eye on.
13:24 March 30, 2010 by Puffin
Shocking how these road/parking rage incidents can just explode out of a stupid argument about parking - hope the woman recovers from the incident - by all accounts she was not even involved in the row and was acting as the peacemaker and trying to get her husband to walk away from the argument and stop her husband getting physical when she got hit.

It's like the case in the UK where the man was killed after a row about queue jumping at the supermarket (and in that case it turned out the to be mistaken identity and the woman who thought somone had pushed in front of her pointed out the wrong man to her husband)

However it shows that you never know who you are getting involved with when these stupid arguments start - whether it is a person on drugs, or who has alcohol or anger problems or even someone with a mental illness.
13:26 March 30, 2010 by Åskar
@scrawler and G Kin

I think you should look up tongue-in-cheek in a dictionary.
13:47 March 30, 2010 by G Kin

I know there is no such thing as "tongue-in-cheek" in the dictionary!. Atleast not in the standards dictionaries I have.

Just come forward if you got something to say.
14:00 March 30, 2010 by Puffin
@ G Kin

Oxford English Dictionary - *tongue in cheek* - ironically, slyly humorous, insincerely

The smilie - :-) - usually denotes a humourous comment
14:05 March 30, 2010 by StockholmSam

Why do you have to be such an idiot and make this incident about America and its wars? Get educated.

@G Kin

You need to lighten up. Your reaction to Askar is similar to the reaction the young thug gave to the elderly couple. You challenged Askar to "come forward." Now, given that you did not understand what "tongue-in-cheek" meant and that you totally missed the clear sarcasm in David's post, I can accept that you don't understand what you are saying when you say "Just come forward if you got something to say." You need to realize that in my native English-speaking culture, those are fighting words. Now step back and pick up a book on colloquial English before proceeding.
14:23 March 30, 2010 by Åskar
@G Kin

Just a couple of wee tips:

1) Get that log off of your shoulder.

2) Don't expose your ignorance so publicly or people won't take you seriously.
14:30 March 30, 2010 by G Kin
@Stockholm Sam

You believe the only English in the world is your native English right?. The one you understand. Because you are native English speaker it doesn't mean you have an edge over non natives users. Wake up and realise you are not in your native English - speaking culture here.

When you want or try, I should say, to be sarcastic make sure people get the point. An 80 year old man lying in hospital with life threating injuries and his 78 year old wife beaten up is NOT FUN OK?. I am not intertaining stupid jokes in the nake of sarcasm on issues like this. So I refuse to share in your humour.
14:31 March 30, 2010 by mkvgtired

Well if you dont like violent films dont watch them. If you are a parent dont let your kids watch them. I like how parents always blame Hollywood, their government, the childrens' schools, (now wars apparently), etc. for their lack of parenting skills. Maybe you should take a class on parenting or go to your local library and borrow a book.
14:31 March 30, 2010 by Nitwade
@David there is no point of being happy for wat happened just knowing ya parents are heading in that age and not only ya parents but also yaself .So its high time we join hands and correct such happenings coz even our little siblings are growing into such acts.

@scrawler i like ya idea of elderly having there own parking lots for if they are to fight they will fight themselves energy less to energy less not teenager fighting them.

Lets use this as a correcting point of view not insulting each other ,its not nice.

Have a good day ya'll
14:32 March 30, 2010 by G Kin

I am not ashamed to ask if I need to. You can only hide your ignorance only to remain ignorant.
14:55 March 30, 2010 by Fernandis
Well, old people can be very difficult to handle sometimes. They just ignore whatever you tell them. I also got a bad experience with an old swedish lady as because she thought i spent too much time in the que, while she got her number earlier than me while changing her que-line. I told her that this is not my fault, but a crazy swedish laziness that this guy in the shop is handling people in slow motion, and i have no other option other than to wait....but she refused to listen.......I was no not normal for a week after having conversation with her....ahhhhh I can understand that why sometime young ppl can get irritated with old ppl.
15:02 March 30, 2010 by scrawler
@Askar..! I believe that u can read and interpret the English words flawlessly--!"

2 against one seems a bit unfair - these old people are always causing trouble :-) --posted by David.

First read this sentence..! How it sounds?

may it sounds for u as "tongue-in-cheek" for all normal peoples its awkward statement from David. !

If David's says that is not meant to be taken seriously about the smile is acceptable..!

How come u can justify other's perception smile and say like "tongue-in-cheek" and for that ur arguing with G Kin..! first educate urself ..!
16:28 March 30, 2010 by Audrian
Re mkvgfriend

I have not problem with your advice except that it does not apply to me. As a matter of information please know that crime rate in Sweden has not changed over ten years. What has changed is that crimes have become violent. Researchers have shown that children and adults in the US are known to watch 50 hours per week and that their behavior is molded by violent films and violence in the society. The copycat crimes committed by the young and adults, for example, are also the result of this influence.
18:49 March 30, 2010 by Marathongirl
"Little or no respect for old people who are considered more or less a borden to society. No longer productive."

When I was visiting Stockholm last summer, I smiled at an ederly woman as she walked past me on the train platform in Åkersberga. She stopped to talk and was so overwhelmed that someone would take the time to smile at her, she had tears in her eyes. It was heartbreaking!

The knobhead who attacked the elderly couple in this article should be locked up for a very long time!
19:28 March 30, 2010 by CanadianEh
What I don't understand is how people who witnessed this happen can just sit and watch and speed dial the cops. Back in Ottawa that mofo would of been stopped before more harm could of been done to the elderly couple.

Come on people get a backbone.
20:46 March 30, 2010 by Myrm
LailaC1 said; "I hope they catch him and punch him in the face and knock him out."

Yeah, a very mature outlook. I don't think! You're advocating the use of violence by stating you hope they catch him and knock him out. That's no better than what the young man did!
21:22 March 30, 2010 by dizzymoe33
First off I hope the elderly couple will recover from their injuries and I hope they catch that punk and punish to the full extent of the law. This is the second or third story in the past weeks about the elderly being attacked it is a shame they are treated this way.
23:30 March 30, 2010 by lettlander
There is nothing wrong with the thug who assaulted those old folks that 2x 9mm won't cure. It's called a double-tap.
10:35 March 31, 2010 by karex

Here in Sweden quite often it's the good samaritan who is prosecuted and the criminals set free. Might be an explanation why Swedes would rather not get involved in most cases.

Some years ago a passerby grabbed and physically restrained a thug who had just robbed a "Tobak" shop close to my house, and tied up and beat the elderly shop keeper. The passerby was sued and the mugger set free...
12:31 March 31, 2010 by fatboy996
@ scrawler/askar

I don't think you are from the UK, if you were then you would understand david's comments was a joke.

Next time please do not try to represent the "normal" english speaking world, its your opinion only and I think you are wrong.
13:11 March 31, 2010 by Audrian
Stockholm Sam

Your rudeness towards me is verbal violence. I am not interested in shouting match with you; I grant you, you will win. My intension to participate in this discussion board is for exchanging views and share information. The moment this is violated I will quit.

My view on the subject stands until you present research-based contrary information. Regarding the subject, my view stands based on report # 17, I presented above.
13:12 March 31, 2010 by pallomamy
we have to feel sorry for the husband and wife and wish them speedy recovery now instead of saying non-sense!
14:23 March 31, 2010 by Kronaboy
I'm amazed at all the excitement, If this were UK (were such incidents are common place) you would be lucky to get a byline in the local rag.
23:05 March 31, 2010 by Nemesis
The woman is now dead.

I hope the perpetuator is found by citizens and torutured to death, slowly in front of as many people as possible. That would be the best way to deal with the sicko who did this.
08:04 April 1, 2010 by christo
this guy should be caught immediately and taken in. no question about that, no court goings. l feel sorrty for the guy. now the lady had died
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