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Landskrona car park killing trial nears

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13:45 CEST+02:00
The 23-year-old man held in connection with the car park assault that led to the death of a 78-year-old woman will remain in custody, a Lund court has ruled indicating that the trial would take place in less than two weeks.

A previous remand hearing on April 20th opened amid chaotic scenes when several people attempted to prevent photographers from taking pictures inside the packed courtroom and so the decision was taken to hold Tuesday's hearing behind closed doors.

The 23-year-old has been in custody since his arrest on Good Friday on suspicion of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. At Tuesday's hearing the man once again denied the offences and is reported to have wept as he was led away.

The new ruling grants the prosecutor, Göran Olsson, until May 12th to file charges. All that remains is the submission of the final report from the medical examiner, which is expected to come before the deadline, according to the local Helsingborgs Dagblad daily.

"We are starting to see the end of the investigation now and the district court has been in touch to book dates starting on the 17th," said the suspect's legal counsel Leif Silbersky to the newspaper,

He is suspected of having punched a 78-year-old woman in the face as she intervened on behalf of her 71-year-old husband after a parking dispute outside a Landskrona supermarket on March 29th.

The woman lost consciousness in the affray and died after undergoing an operation at the Skåne University Hospital in Lund on March 31st while her husband escaped the incident with minor injuries.

The 23-year-old man has admitted to involvement in the incident but claims he never intended to injure or kill the victim. Leif Silbersky has claimed that the woman's death was "purely accidental".

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