Man jailed for murder of 18-year-old

A 22-year-old man accused of killing a 18-year-old woman in Hjällbo north of Gothenburg was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday for murder and attempted aggravated rape.

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.

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.

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Armed police evacuate and search Malmö’s Emporia shopping mall

Armed police are searching Malmö's Emporia shopping mall and are evacuating all shoppers and retail staff, Sweden's state broadcaster SVT has reported.

Armed police evacuate and search Malmö's Emporia shopping mall

“We got a message that everyone had to evacuate immediately, so everyone started to run, including me,” a witness told SVT. 

Filip Annas, a spokesperson for the Malmö police said that the operation had been launched after a member of the public reported seeing a person with a “weapon-like object” at the entrance of the mall. 

“We have found a person who matches the description but have not found a weapon,” he said. “We are continuing to search thoughout Emporia and will hopefully complete the operation shortly.” 

On August 20th a 31-year-old man was shot dead in broad daylight in the shopping centre, while a woman who happened to be standing near to him suffered a bullet wound.