Suspect remanded for Landskrona killing

The 23-year-old man suspected of the fatal beating of a 78-year-old woman in a Landskrona car park last week has been remanded into custody on charges of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Suspect remanded for Landskrona killing

Police and prosecutors now have until April 20th to collect testimony from witnesses, which include relatives of the 23-year-old.

Lund District Court has also decided to permit a personal case study of the 23-year-old.

The 23-year-old denies the charges against him but his lawyer, Urban Jansson, has not specified the grounds for his client’s denial or whether he has admitted being at the scene.

Jansson did not rule out appealing the decision to remand his client into custody, arguing that the warrant in itself is a disappointment, but he considered it positive that the charges did not include murder or voluntary manslaughter.

“In my view this is an incident which closely resembles an accident. This is no pre-meditated crime,” said Jansson.

The officer leading the investigation, Tommy Lindén, explained to journalists at Landskrona police station that the district court’s decision to charge the man with the lesser offences means that murder or voluntary manslaughter have been ruled out of the ongoing investigation.

“The district court has made its judgement and we have to abide by it. Involuntary manslaughter is a crime without malice aforethought, a non-willful violation,” he said.

He does not anticipate that the charges will be increased at any future remand hearing.

“If that is to occur then something exceptional has to happen,” he said.

The 78-year-old woman 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 last Monday. She lost consciousness and died after undergoing an operation at the Skåne University Hospital in Lund on Wednesday.

The 71-year-old man escaped the incident with minor injuries.

The 23-year-old man was arrested on Good Friday. A further man has been arrested on charges of aiding and abetting the 23-year-old suspect.

With the suspect’s immigrant background a source of major debate on internet forums, police have sought to pour cold water on suggestions that the death had any connection to integration problems long evident in the southern town.

“This is more a question of gender than ethnicity. If there had been a woman in the car this would never have happened,” Tommy Lindén told reporters at Tuesday’s press conference.


Spotify to be muted in Swedish churches

Music played via streaming service Spotify will be banned in Sweden’s churches from April 1st.

Spotify to be muted in Swedish churches
Spotify's head office in Stockholm. Photo: Lars Pehrson/SvD/TT

From the beginning of next month, anyone who plans to play music at a wedding, baptism or funeral will have to find an alternative source to the streaming option, radio station P4 Kristiansand reports.

The Swedish audio platform’s decision to end its Spotify Business service, which the Church of Sweden currently uses to play pre-recorded music, means other formats are likely to make a comeback.

“Subscriptions for the (Spotify) service will be cancelled and will no longer work. Private Spotify accounts, like you or I and many others have, are not, and never have been, permitted for use for playing music or songs in public places,” Lund Diocese lawyer Anders Eriksson told the radio station.

Those who want to play pre-recorded music in Swedish churches will, in future, have to bring their own CD or legally downloaded music, according to the report.

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