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Facebook confession traps Swedish rapist

TT/The Local/pvs · 15 Mar 2011, 10:11

Published: 15 Mar 2011 10:11 GMT+01:00

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The 20-year-old man denied the charges in Solna district court that he had raped a 25-year-old woman after a party with classmates at a further education college in Stockholm last Christmas.

But a confession on his Facebook page that the encounter was "foolish" helped the court to reach a guilty verdict for rape and sexual coercion.

The man was sentenced to probation with a special treatment plan, reported the Metro newspaper.

The sex attack occurred after a Christmas party at their hotel and restaurant college in December 2010, the newspaper reported.

The woman was sleeping at the time when she was stripped and molested by the two men.

A further young man who helped the 20-year-old to remove the woman's clothing was convicted of sexual molestation and fined 6,000 kronor ($940).

In a message to the woman on Facebook the 20-year-old later expressed regret and admitted that he had been foolish.

The Facebook apology, along with the woman's testimony in court, was sufficient for the court to find against the men. The woman described her condition on the night in question as "significantly intoxicated".

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She also claimed that she had felt drugged, a claim denied by the two defendants.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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10:55 March 15, 2011 by fikatid
"fined 6000 kronor"?? That's all? Absurd.
10:59 March 15, 2011 by Rishonim
I want the world to know how sick of a penal system we have in this country. You can go rape as many girls you find and all you will get is a sentence with probation and special treatment. Sweden is a sick society with drunken laws that protects the criminals. Que hijos de mil putas
11:09 March 15, 2011 by Bostonexpat
It seems like those convicted are usually provided anonymity. Does anyone know at what point names are actually published? As a father, I'd like to know if I'm living close to the likes of those convicted of molestation etc
13:33 March 15, 2011 by HeilNizar
Dont people in Sweden feel like doing something about this "lawless-law"? Its horrible
13:58 March 15, 2011 by motensvilja
Since I am the25-year old woman I can say that in most of the articles they havent been writing everything right. It is some mistakes. I do have to say that this article is a little bit closer to the truth than the other swedish articles. I do have a blog where Im writing about what happened to me but Im not going to give any names, but I can say they live in Stockholm. There is still a chance they will make an appeal about this therefore its not over yet..
14:15 March 15, 2011 by sliver
Rape and sexual molestation of a "significantly intoxicated" woman and its a 6000kr fine. Absurdity at its peak. I wonder if an international arrest warrant would have been issued had he decided to go skiing in the mountains of New Mexico.
18:35 March 15, 2011 by locaxy

I empathize with your plight. These a$$holes are getting off too easy. Giving a bad name to my gender!

I'm split on the identity protection issue though. I mean...it's OK to divulge their names if they confess in court, but not if they're denying the charges.

I hope the court of appeals hits them hard.

Stay safe...and pick the folks you hang out with more carefully.

P.S: Where are the SD crowd? Isn't it that time of day where they blame this on immigrants in general and Muslims in particular?
19:30 March 15, 2011 by Atlas
So, he gets probation with a special treatment plan...more like hey buddy good job, now of with a vacation...how sick is this legal system...Castrate the bastard.
19:46 March 15, 2011 by mikewhite
So all Assange needs to do is send 6000 kr and he's finished with all the hassle ?
21:17 March 15, 2011 by conboy
Lets hope he is not a mate of the two tramps who tried to trap Assange!
21:43 March 15, 2011 by Rolle
Wow, shouldn't this article be titled : '6000:- for rape'. This is just unbelievable
10:17 March 16, 2011 by johnny1939
This sort of situation happens all over the world every day and is mostly unreported. The woman sits back and licks her wounds and promises herself that this will never happen again. It is very sad and unforgivable but men are pigs and seems to think any woman drinking alcohol is fair game. Oh well... be a gentleman and take care of her!!

ps a fine of $60,000 would have been better
15:43 April 19, 2011 by CokoSwede
Saying you are foolish does not mean you raped someone.
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