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Woman wins damages after seeking mystic help

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 23 Dec 2010, 11:50

Published: 23 Dec 2010 11:50 GMT+01:00

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The case dates back to November 2002 when the woman reported the psychic medium to the police alleging fraud. The woman claimed that she had paid the medium 29,000 kronor ($4,300) in 2000 seeking to "burn away all the evil" and help her to recover from mental illness.

The woman had no receipt to forward to the police but was able to divulge her surname, approximate age and address.

After a second person came forward with the same complaint, the psychic was then told of the fraud suspicions against her during a police interview held in February 2004.

After a series of no shows to court summonses by the medium, the case dragged out into 2007 and was eventually handed over to Solna District Court.

But despite a court ruling to remand the medium, she remained elusive despite repeated police attempts to bring her into custody and the case was eventually dismissed on May 19th 2010.

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The plaintiff declined the opportunity to conduct a civil case for damages against the Spånga-based medium as she was known to be without realisable assets and had a series of outstanding debts with the Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogdemyndigheten).

Sweden's Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern - JK) has now instructed the National Courts Administration (Domstolsverket) to pay the woman compensation finding that her right to a trial in accordance with the European Convention had not been met.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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09:10 December 23, 2010 by 4thtankie
cookoo, for believing in the crap, for practising it, for sympathising in it and more importantly for giving the nutter tax payers money as compensation. Im going to sue for mmmmmmm.........................wait....telling me that santa claus is true.................I still suffer to this day... oh how it hurts.
09:47 December 23, 2010 by Nemesis
This is brilliant.

On the basis of this we can sue every newspaper with a horoscope.

Just when I thought Swedish justice could not get any more insane, this comes along.
10:43 December 23, 2010 by andreasbe
1st point: Never indulge in spirutial healing worth more than 300SEK

2nd Point: Why was the Plaintif compensated for non compliance by the state?

she got scammed case should have been thrown out, plain and simple.

Mabe there sould have been some T's and C's together with the healing :)
11:18 December 23, 2010 by Uriel9

"Sweden's Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern - JK) has now instructed the National Courts Administration (Domstolsverket) to pay the woman compensation finding that her right to a trial in accordance with the European Convention had not been met."

Not compensation for believing something supernatural.

And im so sick of people always saying the swedish justice system is insane, and they always talk about rape cases like the system don't care about rape.

Can people understand that its not easy to prove rape?

In a civilized country you need proof to convict someone, or would you want anyone who's accused of rape to automatically be convicted?

Maybe it's like that in whatever craphole you people came from, but here? No thanks.
15:09 December 23, 2010 by UScitizen
@ Uriel9:

You want to talk about justice? How about two years for manslaughter, such as shoving down an old lady and killing her. That would have got 7 to 15 in America. Or how about two years or less for PROVEN rape. Justice here is a joke.

And read the articles about how foreign workers are brought in and abused by Swedish companies with the government doing nothing. It's almost as bad as the German concentration camps. I guess the government lets immigrants in to ease the guilt for allowing those workers to be treated like slaves. You want to talk about a craphole country? You're living in one.
15:16 December 23, 2010 by Anmiga
What gets me is that it seems like the case was dismissed because the woman managed to stay away from court for several years. I guess if you're accused of something in Sweden all you have to do is close your door and pretend it isn't there at it will in fact go away...crazy!
17:23 December 23, 2010 by Jonsol69.blogspot.com
Unfortunately there are people in need, who are easy prey for confidence tricksters and or charlatans. Ridiculing them shows poor understanding or sympathy for their weakness or moment of predicament which could affect anyone.

Maybe realising the scientifically proven abilities within will give strength to find their own power and dispense for the need of charlatans.

Set aside the frills and focus on what is substantiated scientifically in this intro the Quantum Communication documentary, it warrants interest for anyone who at any time defeats or doubts themselves; which is practically most of us.

Youtube serach: Quantum Communications - What NWO Mafia do not want you to find out about - We are NOT 'powerless'
17:44 December 23, 2010 by Luke35711
"burn away all the evil"

Well, that's the problem right there, from the start. Even if there was some effect, how do you prove that "all the evil" was burnt away. I mean, ALL. Impossible to prove, essentially.

There is this cultural tendency in Sweden to speak very precisely, and takes things very literally. To be a pedant. It's good in some areas, such as technology, industry, or trade. But I fear it's a major source of comical effects in law. Even in science, acceptance only of language that is precise and concrete may stifle creativity.
18:23 December 23, 2010 by mjennin2
"But despite a court ruling to remand the medium, she remained elusive despite repeated police attempts to bring her into custody **AND THE CASE WAS EVENTAULLY DISMISSED** on May 19th 2010."

What the eff!!!!!! Are you kidding me????? Who cares what the case is about; if the police and courts think it important enough to indict a perp, then they should grow a pair and follow through with taking the accused into custody and not just drop the case when the accused thumbs them off. Unbelieveable.
23:11 December 23, 2010 by Da Goat

the psychic was a good one she knew she could scam the woman and she was psychic enough to know she would not do well in court..... well actually it does not take Einstein to work this out !

anyone going to a agent of evil to have it removed is just gonna be scammed, evil people just can't help themselves..... or others for that matter!

short version of story psychic scams woman, woman scams courts, courts scam Govt, Govt scams taxpayers !

poor taxpayers losers yet again!
01:53 December 24, 2010 by jbat
"poor taxpayers losers yet again! ..."


as a taxpayers.. you can always choose which country you want to pay your tax... mean you can go and work elsewhere... but i think anywhere you go.. you will feel the same.. always not good enough for what the govt give you as a return for little tax money you paid... even at your own country! (thats why you come here)...

Why??? Because complaining is your habit!
04:48 December 24, 2010 by MarkinBoston
A fool and her money will soon be parted.
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