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Man jailed for murder of 18-year-old

TT/The Local · 1 Sep 2010, 15:20

Published: 01 Sep 2010 15:20 GMT+02:00

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Nancy Tavsan was coming from a birthday party in late December when she was in hit the head with a bottle, Göteborgs-Tidningen reported on Wednesday. She was found seriously injured by a friend and her father shortly afterwards and died later from her injuries, the report said.

The man, known as Skuggan ('The Shadow'), had been at the same party and admitted that he was present, but has continually denied the criminal charges leveled against him, the report said.

The man was also convicted for the attempted aggravated rape of another woman a few days before the murder in Hjällbo. Just 10 days before Tavsan's murder, Skuggan had attempted to rape a 30-year-old woman in Gothenburg's Vasaparken, the report said.

According to the district court's assessment, he had also attempted to rape the murder victim.

He was convicted for murder and on two counts of attempted aggravated rape, as well as for stealing the mobile phone of the murder victim, who suffered fatal injuries in the attack. Both women were subjected to blunt force trauma to the head.

The man has only admitted to the phone theft and denied the other crimes. However, he admitted that he was at the locations of both of the attacks. According to Gothenburg District Court, the man has changed his story several times and is therefore not credible.

The district court also ordered the man to pay more than 230,000 kronor ($31,460) in damages to the murdered woman's relatives and 108,000 kronor to the other victim.

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The man completed a psychiatric examination a few weeks ago which revealed that he was not mentally ill, neither when the murder was committed nor during the examination. Tavsan was attacked with an empty bottle of Pommac, a non-alcoholic champagne, that had been smashed.

The defence had argued for an aggravated manslaughter conviction with a prison sentence of seven to eight years. The prosecution, meanwhile, had called for life imprisonment for murder.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:08 September 1, 2010 by Rishonim
Finally some real time sentence in Sweden. This is great and hopefully he will taste a bit of his own medicine in prison.
17:53 September 1, 2010 by Audrian
He is a very cruel person; he did not even want to spare her life! The sentence is too lenient. The girl lost about 75 - 18 = 57 years of her life while he will be loosing roughly 16 years.
20:45 September 1, 2010 by countrysidedrive
Good. Good and Good. Save some money and charge his family for the bullet to execute him. Peace of garbage. What if it was your child he killed or raped?
22:28 September 1, 2010 by DAVID T
He'll be out after about 7 years - he'll be given a nice apartment around the corner from the victims family
00:05 September 2, 2010 by planet.sweden
The shadow is Abdulaziz Abdullahi Mohamed Hussein, so why is his name verboten in Sweden?

Julian Assange hasn't been convicted of any offence, yet has had his name and picture released to the press and published by every Swedish national paper in the land with regard to molestation allegations.

Compare and contrast that with the murderer of Nancy Tavsan. This man has been tried, found guilty and sentenced of murder, yet the Swedish press refuse to name him, despite it not being against any law to do so.

Expressen refers to him merely as the Skuggan ('The Shadow'), Aftonbladet simply as "the 22 year old man", ditto GP, while I can find no trace of the story what so ever in Svenska Dagbladet or Dagens Nyheter.

Self censorship? A little prod from the government? Conformity at work? Cowardly editors not worthy of the name? Quite possibly, because the 'Shadow' is of course nothing of the sort, he has a name and its Abdulaziz Abdullahi Mohamed Hussein, a Somali immigrant who was once deported from Sweden for not having legal residency papers, only to return, the same day.

I'm not usually one for conspiracy theories but this stinks.

There is no earthly reason not to name and shame convicted murderers, indeed the British newspapers make it their duty to do so regardless. But here in Sweden, the Mohamed Hussein case touches on issues the politicians would rather not talk about, particularly before an election. So voila the murderers name is not published anywhere in Sweden.

Is it any wonder the Danes believe Sweden is only a "developing country" when it comes to freedom of speech and democracy issues. This is really pitiful. When it comes to race issues, Sweden isn't so much "developing" as in the gestation phase. Censorship like this is a massive over reaction, and won't help anyone.

There isn't an issue in the world which is aided by censorship. Sweden really has a lot to learn and their newspapers editors are a joke. Somehow I doubt Watergate would ever have broken in Stockholm. Obedient, obsequious editors, happy to censor themselves at the first prod from the establishment. Pathetic.
03:22 September 2, 2010 by Da Goat
It appears he has gained at least a few years of residency in Sweden, I would be tempted to send him back to Somalia and let them deal with him according to their laws!

Did you also Know the aid agencies ADRA, World vision and Diakonia have been expelled from Somalia last week because they were promoting Christian values! what a joke!!! if they were espousing Islamic values they sure would not be there in Somalia helping the poor! helping the poor is a Christian activity!
07:46 September 2, 2010 by hjoian
Planet.sweden.......well said. Im only commenting because this is the longest sentence i have heard of for a murder. A piece of rope is cheaper than a bullet. ...i will pull the lever for free.
08:40 September 2, 2010 by Fajitas
Planet Sweden, you summed up the situation with the media here in Sweden perfectly. A complete joke. I wouldn't say that Sweden is a 'developing' country at all when it comes to freedom of speech, democracy and we can add political correctness to list the as well. Not 'developing' but REGRESSING because it just gets worse and worse. As usual we won't be getting any comments from the left-wing PC brigade or any condemnation from the killer's brethren on this thread either.
10:27 September 2, 2010 by Rishonim
Great post Planet Sweden and I fully agree with you. I am also happy to see I am not the only one who think this is the longest sentence we have seeing in Sweden in a very long time.
11:22 September 2, 2010 by Audrian
RE: Planet Sweden.

If the person who committed the crime is indeed the man you have mentioned, his name might have been publicly announced; I presume that is how you got his name. The reason why a government might not want to dwell on it further is fear of black lash. The fear is that the racist elements of society might politicise it and mobilize right-wing anger or misplaced anger. Despite Assange being a foreigner, his white face, bue eyes and blond hair does not bring out similar response.

The Jews in Germany suffered immense humuliation because of racism. The merit of the character of the individual, good, bad or neutral, had not meaning then. To a limit this is true in Europe and USA.
12:26 September 2, 2010 by planet.sweden

I don't wish to patronise, but please spare me the seminar on race. I was dealing with race issues in London before (I suspect) you were even born.

I'm fully aware of what the Swedes think they're doing, my point is that they're wrong. The experience of Britain is that having one rule for one race and another for others is, even when well intentioned, entirely counter productive.

And of course the Swedes are having one rule for one race and another for others. If Mohamed Hussein had been Sven Jonsson his name and picture would be all over the newspapers, just as Julian Assange's is (and he hasn't even been charged).

I would ask you to dwell on your comments. You are unitentionally using the language all totalitarian regimes use to justify censorship. "Racist elements might politicise.." Swap your use of "racist" for "reactionary" and you have the Soviet Union's justification for a censored press for 70 years. Swap it for "hostile" and you have North Korea's justification to this day. Those "elements" the establishment don't like will always be there. They can always justify censorship if you're that way inclined. But society is never improved through censorhsip.

Finally, over quick references to the Holocaust are used far too often in debate to close it down. Look through newspaper forums and you'll see the 'Nazis' and the 'Holocaust' bandied about in relation to all manner of subjects by those rushing to seize the moral high ground. All this does is demean what happened to the Jews in the 1940s. The Holocaust stands alone and to bring it into a discussion like this is inappropriate and wrong.
12:29 September 2, 2010 by Swedesmith

Well said. I notice that the victim's name is printed but not the criminal's. Who is the press trying to protect.?
13:25 September 2, 2010 by here for the summer
@audrian is it the right thing to do keep secrets ? If there is a higher percentage of crimes being committed by one immigrant group there are things to do .If it's true then there are positive things to do like limit the immigration from the country or culture or provide more integration services education..If it the rumor is false then nothing to worry about. Keeping secrets doesn't help anything in fact it hurts always .
00:14 September 3, 2010 by planethero
great post planet sweden
10:54 September 5, 2010 by The Voice of Reason

Precis!It's the leftist media protecting the formerly leftist government's propaganda machine.

Dark skinned =Gaussian blurr /anonymity.

I know what Julian Assange looks life, an accused rapist, yet it's politically incorrect to let me know what this CONVICTED piece of Somali refuse looks like.

Censorship for the purpose of being PC, equals Fascism and oppression.
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