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Convicted serial killer acquitted of murder

TT/The Local · 3 Sep 2010, 14:59

Published: 03 Sep 2010 14:59 GMT+02:00

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Chief prosecutor Eva Finné dropped the charge in May after Quick requested a new trial. He will also receive the requested compensation for the costs associated with his request for a new trial.

"The ruling was expected, but it is always satisfying when cases and matters can be concluded," said Quick's lawyer Thomas Olsson.

"Now we have the first acquittal verdict in a long series of verdicts."

According to Olsson, in this situation, Quick is not demanding any damages.

"We are completely focussed on working on new trial applications in the other cases and prioritising the work," Olsson said.

Olsson spoke with Quick right after receiving the judgment.

"He is extremely relieved now that it is definitely clear that he is not guilty of this murder and also sees this as the first step in a long series of acquittals," he said.

On December 17th of last year, the court of appeal granted Quick a new trial for the murder of Levi in Hedemora in central Sweden southwest of Gävle, a crime that took place in June 1988.

On May 28th, prosecutor Finné dropped the charge against Quick because the crime could not be proven, a move which paved the way for Friday's ruling.

Quick has now received a formal acquittal in Falu district court. In addition, the court decided that he should receive compensation for his trial costs of slightly more than 2.4 million kronor ($332,000).

Quick expressed his happiness about the formal acquittal on Twitter under the name Sture Bergwall, which he now uses.

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"ACQUITTED! Falu district court informed me of that now - first new trial request is wholly closed - wonderful!" and "It has been a long wait, to now have the acquittal on paper means an great deal for the future - ACQUITTED!" he wrote

Quick has also sought a new trial for the murder of Norwegian girl Therese Johannessen in Drammen, Norway in 1988.

Prosecutor Björn Ericson at the National Police-related Crimes Unit (Riksenheten for polismål) in Malmö has reviewed the application for a new trial and does not oppose a new judicial review.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:53 September 3, 2010 by RobinHood
Another glorious moment for the Swedish prosecutors' office.

We are safe in their hands.
23:40 September 3, 2010 by Taxalien
We should definitely contemplate streamlining the "justice" system by letting prosecutors judge cases. We will obviously start with "the simpler cases" first and if that works out we can add the others piecemeal.

What a wonderful idea from the political nobility to come up with it. In fact, is that not what we had before, when we just had nobility? Hmmmm....

And while they argue about how much pensions should go up or down, let's see, yes they have a different pension and retirement plans after jobs they have done.

LAS is quite different for them in the nobility...

(one can go on and on and on).

It is as if we were reliving the 1700s and early 1800s in Sweden.

12:43 September 4, 2010 by Kaethar
RobinHood: I'd prefer a justice system where people are actually innocent until proven guilty. Accusing a known killer of further murders as a way for the police force and justice system to save face may be common in Anglo countries, but is not something I want to see happening in Sweden. For one it is unfair to the convict, even if they are a murderer, and secondly it means the case gets closed and the real culprit gets away with it.

If a murder cannot be proven the suspect might as well be innocent of the crime. Better 3 guilty men are let go than 1 man wrongly incarcerated. :/
13:49 September 4, 2010 by RobinHood
Er Kaether, I was being ironic.
09:41 September 5, 2010 by Puffin
@ Kaethar

Errrrrr what do you mean by "accusing a known killer of further murders" - you make it sound as though it was the Police who can up with the idea of accusing Quick of these murders? When it was in fact Quick himself that confessed - now it may be debatable whether the police (in several countries) have investigated these confessions with rigour and relied too much on the confessions that have now been withdrawn 10-20 years on.

It is also important to bear in mind that Quick is a career criminal with a long history of violent and child-sex crimes dating back to his teens where the victims lived to testify - so he is hardly the innocent victim here that the media would like us to believe in its sensationalist reporting:

- in 1969 Quick sexually abused 4 children who were inpatients at the Children's Ward of Falun Hospital where Quick worked

- in 1974 Quick attempted to murder a man in Uppsala - very nearly suceeding in stabbing the man to death

- in 1991 he was convicted on an aggravated bank robbery where the children and wife of the bank manager were held hostage and threatened with torture
18:48 September 6, 2010 by israeli
he would not be aquitted if he the person he muurdered was not israeli. it is all a part of an anti-israeli wave in sweden.
12:59 September 24, 2010 by AbeBird
If the victim wasn't a Jew and Israeli , there weren't any acquittal at all!!! It's a Typical way and a representation of Anti-Israel and Anti-Semite behave of the Swedish society.
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