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Ex-royal bodyguard's rape sentence tossed out

TT/Vivian Tse · 19 Oct 2010, 15:24

Published: 19 Oct 2010 15:24 GMT+02:00

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The 50-year-old man had been sentenced in May to six years in prison for aggravated rape and obstruction of justice. The verdict described the aggravated rape as "torturous."

He was also convicted of obstruction of justice after threatening to break the neck of the alleged victim's son.

"He has been cleared of all the charges," Hanna Lindström, public prosecutor at the Svea court of appeal told The Local on Tuesday, adding that the alleged victim and prosecutors can appeal the decision at the Supreme Court.

According to the court of appeal, there were "legitimate grounds to doubt" whether the plaintiff's story about the incident was accurate and reliable, newspaper Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) reported on Tuesday.

The court also questioned whether the preliminary investigation had sufficiently verified the woman's story. The case has been word against word about what happened, the report said.

The court of appeal stated that both parties are credible, but that the woman did not report the matter herself, nor was she initially willing to cooperate in the investigation into the alleged rape. However, new evidence has put her description of the event in doubt, the report said.

Meanwhile, a chief physician who specialises in hypothermia testified in the court of appeal that the woman would have found it difficult to speak or flee if she had been outdoors for the duration of time that she alleged. She testified that she had run to the man's car to drive from the alleged crime scene and had made several phone calls.

The ex-bodyguard, who was fired following the May conviction, has consistently denied all the charges against him.

The alleged rape took place in the September 2009 at a cottage in the Almunge region east of Uppsala where the man was staying at the time.

During the trial in May, chief prosecutor Monica Mimer described an extremely brutal rape involving anal sex, beatings, detention and handcuffing. The victim was degraded and made to fear for her life, Mimer said.

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According to Mimer, the man had a pistol lying next to him during the attack, reinforcing the threat to the woman.

The policeman was also charged with obstruction of justice after making threats against the woman's son. The policeman threatened to hurt him so badly that he would be disabled for life.

At the time of the alleged attack, the woman was in the process of trying to break off a relationship with the man, according to Swedish media reports.

TT/Vivian Tse (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:31 October 19, 2010 by izbz
Swedish justice system?????
21:52 October 19, 2010 by DAVID T
hope they give the woman 6 years for false accusation
00:17 October 20, 2010 by Da Goat
they should not have touched this case with a 40 foot pole.

the last sentence tells all! A woman scorned.

then again he does not sound too nice either, if there is any credibility in what is said!
08:09 October 20, 2010 by engagebrain
re Da Goat

your comment about a women scorned is is a complete misreading of the article, which clearly says that the women was in process of trying to break off the relationship.

It was a man scorned.
10:23 October 20, 2010 by Åskar
Does the headline mean that he once was a royal person but is no more?
04:43 October 21, 2010 by volvoman9
Most of the posters, like myself, must be male. How sad that we are willing to so readily condemn this woman without knowing the inconsistencies of the case. The woman was anally raped for Gods sake. How well would some of these men weather such degradation. Could you give accurate testimony regarding this act if it had been you?

The incidence of crimes against women is a barometer of a cultures sense of humanity and its level of development. I have always held Sweden in higher esteem because of this. I truly ;hope I was not mistaken.

We hold cultures in contempt for treating women as possessions. Have we truly developed beyond this stupidity or do we merely like to tell our selves it is so.

A man of any substance would never demean a woman in any manner.
16:06 October 21, 2010 by facetedjewel
Appreciated the spirit of your post, if not the logic.
14:51 October 22, 2010 by Canadian Dad
"At the time of the alleged attack, the woman was in the process of trying to break off a relationship with the man"

"He has been cleared of all the charges,"

I think that about sums it up - and the so-called justice system will accept any lie, no matter how egregious, to facilitate a woman getting revenge on an ex. As for the fact that the man's reputation and career, have been severely damaged if not totally destroyed - well, too bad - the justice system doesn't really care about the real victim of this crime.
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