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Suspect arrested over car park murder

TT/The Local · 3 Apr 2010, 10:05

Published: 03 Apr 2010 10:05 GMT+02:00

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The suspect was interrogated on Friday afternoon and the prosecutor is expected to determine whether or not there are sufficient grounds to arraign him.

"We are unsure of how the prosecutor will weigh the evidence," detective Tommy Lindén told TT news agency.

The 23-year-old man is the fifth suspect who has been brought in for questioning involuntarily.

Lindén said that the other suspects are the man's friends and relatives.

The 23-year-old was identified based on witness testimony.

"We were able to encourage people to come forward and testify," Lindén said.

The original charges include aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter after the woman died. Police have since upgraded the crime to murder. "But that can change again," Lindén said.

Earlier on Friday he described the investigation as extremely difficult.

"There has to be someone in Landskrona who will come forward and tell us what they know. It all depends on someone telling the truth. We know that someone has lied," he told TT.

On Thursday, police impounded a car found in Landskrona.

"It might be the car used by the attacker. But we don't know that for sure, it may have been another vehicle," Lindén said.

Police questioned the owner of the car on Thursday. The man in question is in his thirties. Police declined to comment on what information he might have revealed.

The car, a red Mazda 323, is now impounded in a police garage in Helsingborg for forensic processing, which Lindén says may take "two or three days."

A 36-year-old and a 27-year-old were also questioned about the crime on Thursday. Both are local residents and provided useful information. Neither are suspects in the case, Lindén said.

He did not provide details on what the men said, but both are believed to have been in the parking lot when the elderly woman was assaulted.

Helsingborg prosecutor Göran Olsson will be reviewing the case, according to police.

The Skåne police department hopes to resolve the case over the Easter weekend.

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"It's going to be all-nighters for us. We have brought in extra staff over the weekend and are firing on all cylinders to solve this," Lindén said.

The 78-year-old woman lost consciousness after she was punched in the face while trying to intervene on behalf of her 71-year-old partner who was being attacked by a man in a parking dispute.

After surgery at a neurological surgery unit in nearby Lund, her condition improved slightly before worsening again on Tuesday afternoon. She died in her hospital bed at around 4pm on Wednesday with relatives consenting to end her treatment after doctors said they were powerless to restore her to health.

A group of Landskrona businesses offered a reward of 40 000 kronor ($5,500) for tips leading to the arrest of the attacker. A demonstration against violence is planned in Landskrona on Monday.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:46 April 3, 2010 by pallomamy
i think they should arrest that animal and put him in jail for life!
15:46 April 3, 2010 by Buckshot
If he´s convicted, he will get about a year in jail, but he´s probably gonna get away with murder.

This countrys legal system has gone to hell.

F*ck the victims and law abiding citizens.
17:02 April 3, 2010 by Kaethar
Why can't the husband simply confirm whether or not it's him? :/

From what I understood from other news sites he recently immigrated to Sweden. Someone correct me if I'm wrong? If it is him I hope he'll be deported to Lebanon though. For violent crimes deportation of immigrants can happen - let's hope that's the case this time. :(
17:07 April 3, 2010 by GLO
Get er done Police...
18:42 April 3, 2010 by Rahelli
its so sad
19:42 April 3, 2010 by nalepuhlinea
OOOH no this is so sad, i was heart broken when i first heard this from my husband and also after following the story from the newspapers and knowing that she passed on, I was so teary. How can anyone do this to to another?????. my heart goes to the breaving family and i pray that whoever did this comes forward.
20:31 April 3, 2010 by dizzymoe33
I hope the man who committed the crime is in custody and hopefully the police can get a confession out of him. I hope he is prosecuted to the full extent of your laws.
21:16 April 3, 2010 by StockholmSam
If they have the right guy, and he recently immigrated to Sweden, I hope they don't deport him directly. I would rather he spend the maximum time in Swedish prison possible before being sent back to wherever he came from. Even if it is just a year. Then again, this is the first I have heard that he is a recent immigrant.
22:58 April 3, 2010 by Kaethar
@StockholmSam: Why? Let them stand for the cost instead of us. :/ And I'm not sure if he's a recent immigrant. Those who leak such information tend to be anti-immigrant people. When they say "a recent immigrant from Lebanon" he may as well be born here. :/ But assuming he's a recent immigrant (and therefore not a citizen) I say he should definitely be deported.
23:22 April 3, 2010 by Vitas
It is only begining. Very soon Mustafas will terrorize. When they dont like something they always do the same. Look - New York, Madrid, London, Moscow.....
00:12 April 4, 2010 by Elton John
Kaethar: You are right when it comes to not wanting to stand for his cost. But then again, do you want to stand for ANY murderers or rapists cost, even if he's blond? I say make them work for their own prison costs. Cheap labour, you know.
02:00 April 4, 2010 by Frobobbles
This is a sure sign of bad upbringing. You simply learn not to attack elders, if your parents have any sense.
06:56 April 4, 2010 by peropaco
If they prove this guy is guilty; then someone should take him out. Sending him to prison in Sweden is like taking a kid to a candy store since he will get the maximum which is what 2 to 3 years?.
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