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Mass murderer seeks release date again

TT/The Local · 30 Jun 2010, 17:56

Published: 30 Jun 2010 17:56 GMT+02:00

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"Flink has requested the right to a fixed term of imprisonment for his sentence," his counsel Johan Eriksson said to the court.

Flink, now 40, wore a short-sleeved shirt and jeans to court on Wednesday with his hair visibly greying at the temples.

The presiding judge continued the proceedings by reading out the Prison and Probation Service's (Kriminalvården) opinion on his case, which testified to the convicted killer's "in all facets exemplary behaviour."

The judge also read out the National Board of Forensic Medicine's (Rättmedicinalverket) report from February which stated that Flink showed "stable mental health" and a "positive attitude and ability to cooperate."

The board's overall assessment is that Flink's risk of recidivism is low and Eriksson pointed out that probation periods have passed without incident.

"It was terribly long ago, it is difficult to relate to it today," said Flink. "It feels so strange to me now that it is almost unreal. It has been a tragedy for all involved."

When asked if it has an effect on him every day, Flink answered, "Yes, I think of it every day."

The lawyer continued to speak to Flink about his stay in prison and how he handles it.

"It is a lost life - not literally, but figuratively," he said. "I walk into a closed environment with no stimulation, either intellectually or emotionally."

This is the second time Flink has applied to have his life sentence commuted. The first application was rejected in 2008 by both the district and appeal courts because they found the culpability of the criminal offenses too high to convert.

Flink also injured three people in the incident, which took place near the Dalregementet in Falun, where he was stationed. Flink, who carried the rank of second lieutenant, was heavily intoxicated at the time of the offence. He fired a total of 51 shots from his AK5.

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In court, he said he has a different relationship with alcohol now.

"It was closed chapter since the day I went in," he said. He added that he started "unhealthy drinking" before the events in Falun.

The lawyer asked if he sometimes felt psychologically unwell after committing the crime.

"No," he answered. "However, coming to terms with the actual sentence and the crime in itself means that one is always depressed in one way or another. It will take a long time, perhaps forever."

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20:32 June 30, 2010 by calebian22
"No," he answered. "However, coming to terms with the actual sentence and the crime in itself means that one is always depressed in one way or another. It will take a long time, perhaps forever."

Yeah, a depressed mass murderer released from prison. What could possibly go wrong? Those mental health professionals should let him move in with them. Idiots.
21:19 June 30, 2010 by rufus.t.firefly
First, I agree with calebian22.

The guy fired 51 shots, killing seven and wounded three, then used drinking as an excuse. The alcohol lowered his inhibitions about doing something he was inclined to do in the first place. His insobriety might have hampered his aim a bit. I am surprised he hasn't pointed this out in his defense.

I don't know how anyone can describe his character as exemplary, unless the use of the word is a poor translation and what is meant is behavior. Even after sixteen years of incarceration, one's character does not change. He is a mass murderer.

If he is genuinely depressed, he should be. But he shouldn't be free.
22:00 June 30, 2010 by alu
throw away the key
00:12 July 1, 2010 by mojofat
"It is a lost life - not literally, but figuratively," he said. "I walk into a closed environment with no stimulation, either intellectually or emotionally."

Yes, but seven lives were "literally" extinguished. And I'm sure the families of those people have grieved it every day since. You can never underestimate the chutzpah of a psychopath.
02:52 July 1, 2010 by Beavis
These health "professionals" should be sent to prison themselves if they get this nutjob realesed. Its one thing getting away with doing your job badly due to union strength and their inability to have these "professionals" sacked, but its another to let them have the power to release these nutjobs.
12:50 July 1, 2010 by karex
I was under the impression that a life sentence is a life sentence. If not, then why do we need judges and juries to decide anything?

1994 is not "such a long time ago" and a case like this you can't just "let by-gones be by-gones" - try convincing the families of the victims.

I also agree with rufus.t.firefly: the alcohol only inhibited his restraints on doing something he was inclined to do anyway. Someone who believs that a life is sacred would never take another life no matter how drunk they are.

If he goes on probabion, the only way to avoid this happening again would be to totally outlaw alcohol in the entire country. Event hat wouldn't help because then it would just be smuggled in. So then he would get high on cocaine or meth and blame that instead... there's always a way to find something else to blame when a person refuses to be responsible for his/her own actions.
13:39 July 1, 2010 by nice1stu
I don't care if he has found God, with zero chance of reoffending and is sincerely sorry for his crimes. At the end of the day, he committed MASS murder. Prison is not just about rehabilitation, as so many in contemporary society seem to think, but also PUNISHMENT. He has to pay for his crimes, just like the families of all those he had killed and injured has to pay everyday for the rest of their lives. If he can bring back the lives of those he killed, and extingushed the pain and suffering he has caused, then maybe he can get back his life. Sorry or not, rehabilitated or not, he has a debt to society he has to pay, even if it means for the rest of his natural life. His other crime was not taking his own life as mass murderers do, so that society doesn't have to put this guy up for the rest of his life
15:38 July 1, 2010 by "green Swede"

I don't think i could have put it better myself,these particular swedes are the ones who need their head examined.
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