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'I wasn't the pilot - I was high on drugs'

TT/The Local · 12 Aug 2010, 17:48

Published: 12 Aug 2010 17:48 GMT+02:00

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The man, 35, told Stockholm District Court that he was working overtime on the night of the robbery at the G4S cash depot in Västberga last September. He said that on that night he had been taking illegal drugs and was stressed about an important meeting the following day.

He told the court that he had suffered from drug problems for four or five years and on the night in question had met a number of people to buy drugs. He said that until that night, he had been off drugs for some time.

“What happened is something of which I am incredibly ashamed. I had a relapse,” he said.

The man procured the drugs by using a pay-as-you-go mobile that had been lying in his car for some time, and which contained numbers to old contacts.

“I am ashamed that I still had it, but I did. I used it to sent a number of text messages, and eventually I got hold of a person and narcotics,” he said.

The man said he only had a vague recollection of the night’s events, but he described the angst-ridden hours during which he claims he was wrestling with the decision to buy drugs.

Later during the evening the man said his car was involved in a crash with another vehicle. After this, he continued to the Kungsholmen district to buy more drugs. The man said several times that he was in bad shape during the night and was uncertain about what happened.

At one point in the cross examination, the man grew noticeably irritated at prosecutor Björn Frithiof’s line of questioning:

“I remember fragments of what happened, but the memories are partially blurred. It really depends on how significant the events were,” the man said.

The man was asked why his DNA was found on a GPS unit and on cable ties found in the helicopter.

“I have been active at the Roslagen [helicopter base] for fifteen years. I have used the helicopter in question during filming over many, many years,” the man said. He added that he believed the cable ties found in the helicopter belonged to him, saying that they had been found with one of his cables.

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“The fact that the cable ties have my DNA on them is due to the fact that they used my cable ties. This could very easily have contaminated the GPS unit,” he said.

Frithiof asked the TV producer whether he considered himself capable of carrying out a helicopter landing of the sort executed in the robbery:

“I can’t really grasp how you would dare do something like that. If a rotor blade hits a wall, you die. Also, this is taking place in the dark, using lamps, which is something I have never done,” he said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:45 August 12, 2010 by eddie123
wow... this trial sure would be interesting. where the money at though?
21:42 August 12, 2010 by KingArthur
I would love to see the movie,make it a trilogy , would bring in the big money :)
22:35 August 12, 2010 by rabbemos
Ditto King Athur. Money, Drugs, just need to add some steamy sex and its straight to dvd here we come.
02:49 August 13, 2010 by crunchy2k
I've got my popcorn out....I'm ready for the DVD....The authorities in charge have written a comedy of errors bank robbery movie. Using a high pressure water hose on an explosive device next to a building was just surreal. I also liked it when they protected only one bank after receiving advanced notice from a foreign gov. That bank must have been next to an all night donut shop. Now its the prosecutor's turn. LMAO
04:06 August 13, 2010 by jackx123
i suppose if someone finds my DNA in the helicopter I'm also involved - LMFAO. Seems the prosecutor doesn't have squat here. I can't wait for the movie to come out.
07:13 August 13, 2010 by SarahRF
I wonder what drugs he was on. Not relevant to the story, I'm just curious.
09:29 August 13, 2010 by jackx123
apparently one of the eyewitnesses who saw the pilot at close distance gave a description of a man that is totally different from the one here - brilliant..... now i definitely want to see the movie
03:09 August 14, 2010 by Bay
The headline should've read;

Man caught flying higher than his helicopter. Good title for the movie.
21:06 August 14, 2010 by wenddiver
Sure, could happen to anybody, how many times have you awaken and had trouble remembering whether you were taking part in a daring helecopter robbery or crashing cars or scoring drugs????? Add a shoot out with a total stranger and it's just another typical middle class night in America, according to Hollywood.. Happens all the time!!!!! Who wouldn't buy that defence???? I'm sure it happens all the time in Sweden.
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