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Landskrona car park killing trial nears

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”.

ASSAULT

Swedish NBA star won’t play amid assault probe

Swedish-American Jeffery Taylor of the Charlotte Hornets will not be involved in team activities as the basketball association and police probe the domestic assault charge against him.

Swedish NBA star won't play amid assault probe
Jeffery Taylor in action for Sweden against Russia in 2013. AP Photo

The team, in a statement Friday, did not characterize its action as a suspension, and indicated Taylor agreed to the measure.

"As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution," the Hornets said.

"We have spoken with Jeffery and his representatives and they fully understand our position."

Taylor was arrested and charged on Thursday in East Lansing, Michigan, just the latest unsavory incident to tarnish the reputation of US sports.

The 25-year-old was arraigned and has been formally charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property, a police statement said.

Authorities did not outline the circumstances of the case, saying only that police were called after a report of domestic assault at an East Lansing hotel at around 1:00 am on Thursday.
 

Taylor, a 25-year-old measuring 201 centimetres, was born in Norrköping in eastern Sweden. He is about to enter his third season in the NBA. He holds dual Swedish and American citizenship

He missed most of last season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in December.

His arrest came just days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league was reviewing its policies on domestic violence in light of the public relations crisis the NFL is facing over its handling of several such cases involving high-profile players.

That included the NFL's clumsy handling of Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked his future wife unconscious in a casino elevator in February.

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