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DEFAMATION

Six convicted over schoolgirl photo galleries

Six young men have been found guilty of aggravated defamation by a court in western Sweden after posting compromising picture galleries of local schoolgirls to the internet.

Varberg District Court convicted the boys and young men, aged 16 to 20, after they were found guilty of having created four image galleries and films of more than 30 teen schoolgirls from the small town of Falkenberg, local newspaper Hallandsposten reports.

The galleries included the names of the girls and were captioned with comments of a sexual nature.

The material was all made available on the internet, with the image galleries appearing on video website YouTube for several hours.

The court gave the 20-year-old man a suspended sentence and ordered him to perform community service, while the remaining boys received sentences ranging from youth community service to juvenile care. A further 16-year-old boy was cleared of all charges.

Ruling that the case constituted a serious violation, the court also ordered all six to pay the girls 15,000 kronor ($2,000) each in damages, a figure that would have been set at a higher rate had the perpetrators been older and in possession of greater finances.

STABBING

Police warned ahead of crazed knife attack

Friends of the man who went on a crazed knife attack in Varberg in western Sweden on Sunday, killing one and injuring two and leading to his own death, had previously warned police over his state of mind.

Police warned ahead of crazed knife attack

“The information was that he was not feeling very well and that they were worried about him,” said Jonas Bergman at Halland police to the GT Expressen daily.

A description of the man was also provided to police who were unable to prevent the knife attacks which led to one woman’s death and two men being rushed to hospital with stab wounds.

Police were called at around 10am on Sunday morning following the stabbing of a man on Gamla Kyrkbacken in central Varberg.

While police were hunting the suspect an hour later reports filtered in of further stabbings on Lilla Drottninggatan. A man in his late teens and an elderly lady are reported to have been stabbed at the location.

The suspect was later shot by police after refusing to surrender his weapon and subsequently died of his injuries.

Early Monday morning, there was no new information about the condition of the two men stabbed condition, according to Varberg Hospital.

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