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Man lay dead in his flat for more than a year

The Local/dl · 3 Dec 2010, 08:58

Published: 03 Dec 2010 08:58 GMT+01:00

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Police were called after the landlord opened to door to the mysterious flat to allow a worker to replace a cable television jack, only to be met by a horrific stench, the local Helsingborg Dagbladet (HD) newspaper reports.

Upon searching the apartment, police came across the rotting and mummified body of an 88-year-old man who they estimate may have died on November 22nd of last year, as the date was written on an address label of an unpacked travel bag.

“What has happened is quite tragic and regrettable, but we never received any indications from neighbours or relatives that something wasn’t right. The rent has come in as it should have and we haven’t heard anything from the electric company, for example,” Cecilia Ahlquist, a spokesperson for property management company Newsec Asset Management, told the newspaper.

Neighbour Mariam Moussa, who moved into the building with her family around a year and a half ago, had never seen anyone enter or leave the apartment where the dead 88-year-old was found.

“It feels a bit odd that someone could live here so long and not know that someone lived there,” she told HD.

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“It seems a bit strange. Doesn’t he have any family members who’ve missed him?”

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09:30 December 3, 2010 by Pont-y-garreg
A "police officer" not a "police".
09:43 December 3, 2010 by thinkright24
it tells a lot about family and social values in sweden,

need to wake up guys.
09:56 December 3, 2010 by bolababu
Heard this too many times. Charity begins at home, how can you give what you don't have? ie - Love. Never seen a more emotionless society.
11:36 December 3, 2010 by Rishonim
Why I am not surprised? The only time you see people buzzing around to call and visit their old relatives is during the XMAS season. I am sure a member of his family, probably a son or daughter were calling to make plans to come for a visit and upon not reaching him decided to call the police. Now the fight for his properties and wealth if any will commence.
11:59 December 3, 2010 by comentatir
Can somebody explain this? Its not a mith or a false stereotype that Swedish people are socially "different". Is this just an unfortunate event??
12:06 December 3, 2010 by Swedesmith
There are a lot of lonely people everywhere. It is very sad.
12:32 December 3, 2010 by Boyfriend
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13:16 December 3, 2010 by Åskar
Why do you assume he had children?
13:30 December 3, 2010 by tadchem
Unfortunately this is not a very rare occurrence. Questions that need to be examined are how were the bills being paid, who had access to his accounts, was there possibly a motive for anyone to conceal this death? Any bills unpaid for a year should attract someones attention. Elderly people are occasionally victimized by others who covet their pensions. A recent revelation in Japan shows that many 'centenarians' receiving a special emollument from the government have been long dead, and their families have cocealed the deaths to keep the money coming in.
13:38 December 3, 2010 by elios
Also in bilble says honour your parents .this is also a great command,but in sweden its not about religion its about community.
13:48 December 3, 2010 by calebian22
Belief doesn't create friends, nor does it makes your neighbors friendlier. Religion has no relevance in this.
14:14 December 3, 2010 by OnessOfMankind
Hej Mr Islam Don't Preach it here, its not about religion, its about Society.

Where is the home visit to the elderly?? This you should blame the Social...Where are they?? can they keep track of people and spend one crown to call them every once a while??

Its very mean and sad, Maybe he had no chidren, Maybe he did have mean children. Not every Swed is like that I know many who adore their parents.

And from now there is moral classes in schools...I happens in Muslims countries more@ Boyfriend, not only elderly die hungry children and every one, rape and child abuse No human rights and religious persecution, people sell their kidneys...So stop your islam crap here, Islam once upon the time did Good now its expired World needs a new religion.
14:42 December 3, 2010 by comentatir
Hey OnessofMankind,

Do you have any idea how extremely offensive you are talking! Everybody has the right to say their opinion and you are obliged to respect that right!
14:58 December 3, 2010 by adigunbabatunde@yahoo.com
its a shame on the society...people are too cold here. I know a man who had 2 children the younger one lives down the same street with her boyfriend, never take time to visit her dad (except once to borrow his car she did not even go into the house). The good thing is that the man was wise to adopt foreigners who constant take time to cheer him up and keep him loved.

if the bills are on autogiro they will be paid without anyone noticing.
16:16 December 3, 2010 by darky
What do we expect from a solitary life style where people live in flats without knowing their nearest neighbors? In my place your neighbor is your keeper because if anything happens to you, he/she knows first but here it is instead the police. Quite a sad situation anyway.
16:30 December 3, 2010 by krow
I was almost embarrased when an elderly woman and man greeted me while on holidays in Scotland. I quickly remembered that I was not in Sweden where, I greet alot of people on the road and they never answer so I stop greeting. Infact many times our neighbour has reported us to the housing authority because my 4 years old child was jumping too much. Therefore people, Nobody wants to know how much you know or how much you are worth until they know how much you care,
18:09 December 3, 2010 by australian_frances
I'm not quite sure why people continually bitch and moan about Swedish society - it's a culture in its own right just like any other. If you're unhappy here, how about returning to your precious home country. As for this story, this isn't an incident isolated to Sweden.
18:13 December 3, 2010 by Hoath
With pensions being paid directly into bank accounts, bill being paid by direct debts and utility meters being read remotely I suspect, in the future, this will become far too common.
18:18 December 3, 2010 by Daniel Hynes
Swedes are one of the coldest emotionless people on Earth.. I greet parents every morning, and have done for the past 16 months, when I take my 4 year old to Dagis and 9 times out of 10 I'm ignored. I have never seen so many people walk around with their heads bowed, in case you make eye contact with them.. So it's no wonder this poor unfortunate man went unnoticed......
20:07 December 3, 2010 by sureiam
hypocrite swedes! vad e för nytt, heard it before..................................... and it will continue 2 happen u cant train en old dog! cold bloded swedes!
22:53 December 3, 2010 by mkvgtired
@comentatir, "Everybody has the right to say their opinion and you are obliged to respect that right! "

Everybody does have the right to state their opinion, so why are you trying to infringe on his right? Practice what you preach.

Re: the article. I am really surprised no one smelled anything.
23:18 December 3, 2010 by hamas
crisis of western civilization!
00:06 December 4, 2010 by ruth_in_sweden
Electricity company or electricity supplier ??
09:07 December 4, 2010 by dw
Who says this guy had children or friends? Maybe nobody talks to you in Sweden because it has something to do with you personally, and not society in general? And finally, I prefer to receive my prophecy from the Prophet Jim Jones, thank you.
09:30 December 4, 2010 by olevilla
@australian...I agree with you..if one does not like Swedish culture, move out to where you find every one minds every one else's business..yes, this man died a lonely death, but on the other hand, maybe he liked to live a solitary life..we cannot speak for him and speculate...instead of blasting Swedish culture,respect it for what it is..and while at it, keep religious antidotes out...this is a free forum, yes, but do not impose or turn the unfortunate event into a religious moral combat!!
14:36 December 4, 2010 by Marc the Texan
Unfortunate, but unfortunate things happen.
21:09 December 4, 2010 by DAVID T
who said he was Swedish? His neighbour Mariam Moussa doesn't sound Swedish
01:52 December 5, 2010 by rubble
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11:24 December 5, 2010 by HowSwedeitis
I love how everyone jumps to all of these amazing conclusions without even knowing the full circumstances. Did any of you read "as the date was written on an address label of an unpacked travel bag."? Perhaps this individual was intending to go home, where he may have little to no regular contact with his friends/family in a foreign land. Stop immediately concluding that it's because Sweden is some horrible, cold, Soviet-like state. Be critical.

21:51 December 5, 2010 by BYDAND
This story is more about who his neighbours were?
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