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CRIMINAL

Elderly couple in hospital after parking lot assault

A couple in their seventies are being cared for at a Lund hospital after they were attacked by a young man over a parking space in Landskrona in southern Sweden.

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.

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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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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