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Three men jailed after rabbit torture trial

TT/The Local · 23 Apr 2010, 13:14

Published: 23 Apr 2010 13:14 GMT+02:00

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The four men, aged 18 to 22, were on trial for torturing two rabbits to death in woodland and in a cellar in southern Stockholm a year ago. One of the rabbits was burned alive. The other animal was kicked to death while a dog was taunted into attacking it.

The incident was caught on a film seized by police during a house search in January, and shown in the Södertörn district courtroom last Thursday.

The film, broadcast by Sveriges Television (SVT) last Tuesday, shows how the laughing men tape the hind legs of the rabbit together, pour flammable liquid all over the defenceless animal and then set it alight. They then continue to pour the liquid on the burning creature until it burns to death.

Police have described the case as one of the most loathsome animal cruelty cases that they have ever had cause to investigate.

The Local reported last week that angry scenes greeted the opening of the trial with police forced to intervene to eject animal rights protesters from the courtroom.

The trial has also met an angry response in Swedish media and on the internet with posters on several community websites calling for the identities of the men to be made known and threats made against them.

Three of the accused admitted to the court that they had been at the locations when the alleged offences were committed. The purpose of the cruel episode is reported to have been to train the dog.

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"I get severe anxiety when I think about it. I can't understand that I was such an idiot," one of the men said during the trial, according to the Aftonlbadet tabloid.

The fourth man denied all charges against him.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:55 April 23, 2010 by GLO
This is NUTS.. All these men must be identified... Pic,s should be published. They should live with their own actions.

The public should demand to know who All criminals are....
15:10 April 23, 2010 by scrawler
crazy guys, put them in the prison with the lion and let see, what these guys will be doing ..?

punish them in a way that peoples shud learn from them not to harm animals..
15:11 April 23, 2010 by sissygirl
I don't think 2-4 months of therapy will stop their serial killer tendencies. Sweden had better watch out in 2-4 months.
16:10 April 23, 2010 by Nordic Prince
Undoubtedly they are sick elements for treating defenseless animals in such inhuman way.

I totally agree with the suggestion of @GLO #1.

This article makes recall two situations I seen them by my eyes:

1- Four Israeli soldiers in Palestine let their HUGE dog bite and scare a poor woman, however, the soldiers play stupid and pretend that they are trying to take the dog away.

Resource: watch?v=IVE-NZfvSLY (YouTube)

2- About five armed Israeli soldiers (War criminals) are arresting a defenseless little boy. It is pretty clear the Israeli soldiers scared the hell in and out of the little boy so he pees himself.

Resource: www.kabobfest.com/2010/03/most-ethical-army-vs-12-year-old.html

I swear those two situations hurt my dignity and feelings as a human being so deeply.
19:07 April 23, 2010 by Flygger
I thought Sweden had very good freedom of information. I can't understand why these miscreants should have the law protect them after this outrage.

Outrage is what it is and in a month or two, or even a few weeks, these sadistic filth will be able to mingle freely with citizens.

People should have a right to know who they are.

Animal torture is a prelude to serial killing. Swedish justice ??

I hope no-one goes banging on about sentences handed down to criminals who decide to kill or maim humans. They probably started off the same way by torturing defenceless animals.
01:03 April 24, 2010 by Uncle
Nordic Prince is an idiot and requires medication.

His muslim brothers torture thousands to death, cut of heads, burn people alive in Africa, rape women, hang minorities and beat up children in hundreds of thousands.

95% of all muslim countries are awful dictatorships who have friendly and lovely relationships with North Korea, 10% of which population is sitting in concentration camps.

But when whenever he opens his mouth, the only democracy the size of Småland in a bucket of sh!te that is called Middle East is trashed even if the article is totally unrelated.

Only Iranian Basij is accused of 3000 rapes in jails just of the arrested students in the latest protests. But Nordic Prince is worried about an invented scared kid... Perhaps if the muslims would not fill Europe with drugs, imagination would not be so developed there....
01:16 April 24, 2010 by Deema
It's pretty clear to everyone here who's the idiot i guess
13:56 April 24, 2010 by Flygger
Oh dear.. Can we stay on the track please ??

Thanks to all..
14:00 April 24, 2010 by Frobobbles
Ok. Hide your rabbits in two months time, then!
15:24 April 24, 2010 by Marko2010S
@Uncle - Comment no: 6

Clearly you are one of the biggest cretin's on this planet.
16:03 April 24, 2010 by old git
it would appear Nordic Prince equates the two victims in video extracts he mentions with animals tortured to death - otherwise what is his comment doing here?

1)was he on the scene in both cases to see it with "his own eyes"

2)did the "animals" in question die?

I am not condoning either actions (a kid peeing himself is no big deal- how about a grown man shittihg himself when he is about to get his head severed from his body)but ther are plenty of other articles here where you can get your point across dear prince
17:05 April 24, 2010 by groverpm
I hope these boys get the help they so obviously need before they are released. If they don't they will be a threat not just to animals but people as well. I doubt four months of therapy will be enough.
01:15 April 25, 2010 by cbeynch
And jailed they should be! For at lot longer. Few things are as upsetting as when humans resort to animal torture. (No I'm not a vegetarian). Let's hope these boys suffer! And I'm also curioous about their parents. Wat kind of guidance did they get there? Let's go after their parents too!
19:25 April 25, 2010 by farnoxo
paint their willies like carrots and let the bunnies get their revenge!
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