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Three appeal helicopter heist sentence

TT/The Local/pvs · 17 Mar 2011, 09:27

Published: 17 Mar 2011 08:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 17 Mar 2011 09:27 GMT+01:00

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The pilot and a 31-year-old man who entered the G4S cash depot, as well as the 39-year-old man described as the brains behind the operation have appealed their convictions and sentences to the Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen).

The pilot and the 31-year-old had their penalties hiked from seven to eight years imprisonment by the appeals court in February after having their convictions for aggravated robbery confirmed.

In his appeal to the Supreme Court, the pilot has asked for his conviction to be overturned and claimed that he will present new evidence to support his case.

The 31-year-old has meanwhile asked for his conviction to be downgraded from robbery to aggravated theft and thus have his sentence cut.

The 39-year-old man, convicted of being an accomplice to the heist had his penalty increased from three to four years by the appeals court and he is now seeking a reduction.

Early on September 23rd 2009, three masked, armed men were dropped onto the

roof of the G4S banknote facility in southern Stockholm by a stolen helicopter.

The men then smashed a window and blasted their way through the building using explosives before exiting the building several minutes later with sacks of cash.

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The suspects allegedly made off with over 39 million kronor ($5.3 million) and only a small fraction of the amount, less than 100,000 kronor, has since been recovered.

The abandoned helicopter was later found in Skavlöten to the north of Stockholm.

Altogether, seven of the ten men originally charged for their role in the heist were convicted.

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

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Your comments about this article

09:26 March 17, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
The first "sentence" in this article is incomplete and makes no sense.

And once again you fail to realise that "överklaga" is appeal AGAINST in English.

Appeal, on its own, is used intransitively in sentences such as "His lawyer says he will appeal." When the object of the appeal is stated, then you appeal against it.

Maybe your journalists should take a few more English lessons.
10:20 March 17, 2011 by stupr
@ Pont-y-garreg

You think The Local employs journalists.?!?....... :)
10:43 March 17, 2011 by The Local
@ Pont-y-garreg

Thanks for your input into the article.

You note that we have said that the three robbers have 'appealed their sentence', in other words we have treated 'appeal' as a transitive verb.

You make a reasonable point - in British English, 'appeal' is usually treated as an intransitive verb (i.e. one writes 'appeal against a verdict/sentence'). In American English, however, it is more often treated as a transitive verb (i.e. one appeals a verdict/sentence').

As in so many areas of grammar and language usage, the American usage has been picked up by many speakers of British English.

I would argue (and you're free, of course, to disagree with me) that the American form is more direct and appealing, particularly for a journalist trying to write a concise headline.

Thus, whilst The Local has British English as its default style, I think subtle Americanisms like this are an inevitable and not unwelcome consequence of The Local's international character!

All the best,

James Savage

Managing Editor
11:28 March 17, 2011 by Rishonim
LOL.. The Local has brought forth their big gun. ;-)
13:23 March 17, 2011 by Vietvet
@James Savage

Nice to see someone from TL comment on the English used in TL's articles.

I do not profess to be perfect in English, although American English is my mother tongue. However my, and many other peoples complaint, is the constant lack of grammtically correct English in TL's articles.

Consistently misspelling words, incomplete sentences etc. Quality control concerning grammtics would improve the professionalism of your product.
13:42 March 17, 2011 by fatandhappy

Good response, and a pleasure to read!
20:52 March 17, 2011 by Ivan Juric
@ The Local...please try to use British English over American English.
01:40 March 18, 2011 by Patriot1742
I am guessing that these guys want their prison term reduced so they can go and party on the stolen money.
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