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Örebro rape suspect faces court

The Local/pvs · 17 Mar 2011, 10:29

Published: 17 Mar 2011 10:29 GMT+01:00

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Proceedings against the 24-year-old opened at 9am on Thursday with the suspect escorted into the courtroom by two guards from the prisons service and took his seat beside his counsel Margaret Arvidsson.

The court ordered the proceedings to be held behind closed doors.

Eliasson is accused of a total of 17 offences, of which 14 concern sex offences. The first case to be considered by the court on Thursday was an attempted rape in Örebro on April 3rd 2005.

He is suspected of having attacked a woman in the Hagaparken area of the city, forcing her to the ground. He is accused of tearing off her clothes and threatening her with a knife.

Eliasson's lawyer Margareta Arvidsson confirmed that the 24-year-old has admitted to the attack but maintained that he had not used a knife.

After hearing the defendant's plea on the first charge, the judge ordered the morning's proceedings to be held behind closed doors.

The court trial of the man is scheduled to last several weeks and is the subject of intense interest from the media and the general public.

The arrest of 24-year-old Niklas Eliasson last autumn was a relief for many Örebro residents who had lived in fear as police continued their search for the man behind a series of brutal rapes, which had been carried out over a period of several years.

Since Eliasson's arrest, attacks against women have more or less come to a halt.

No previous suspect has been tried in Sweden for committing violent attacks against so many women and if convicted he would become the worst serial rapist in Swedish criminal history.

Eliasson has already confessed to the attacks against the 15 women, which took place between 2005 and 2010. 14 of the attacks have been classified as sex offences with one further charge of assault.

The charges against the man include eight cases of attempted rape or aggravated rape, three charges of aggravated rape, two cases of assault, two cases of sexual molestation, one charged of robbery and one relating to weapons offences.

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During interviews with investigators, Eliasson said he planned on killing several people before taking his own life.

He also told police that he started "stalking" people when he was only 13-years-old, explaining that his behaviour was a way to pass the time and that it began after his parents got divorced.

Eliasson also said that he had trouble fitting in in school and, unable to find friends, he instead spent most of his free time on his computer and exploring cyberspace.

Surfing the internet for porn became one of his biggest hobbies, he told investigators.

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12:19 March 17, 2011 by muscle
ummm because of parents wrong decisions children suffer. I guess the government should promote more, the outdoor games, as they help to give a social enviornment to the ones who are too reserved or mentally depressed.
13:19 March 17, 2011 by HeilNizar
This is a serious crime in Sweden, poor suspect, if convicted he might end up being spanked on the butt and being called a bad boy :(
13:22 March 17, 2011 by Syftfel
Niklas Eliasson. Here you have a exceptionally illustrative example of media hypochrisy and its twisted reporting. Would media have been as generous in revealing the name of the perpetrator had his name been Ifsal Dhimmee Al-Ummar, or Stanislaw Grzybowska. It would have been "a 24 year old". It was irrefutably established long ago that media see themselves as indoctrinating, steering opinion, promoting socialism, rather than reporting and letting us decide. It is sad when print and broadcast is unable to report the truth. The conclusion has to be that we can not trust newspapers and TV any more. Shame on all you liberal journalists!
13:49 March 17, 2011 by djmarko
what about innocent until proven guilty unless he confessed to all the alleged crimes, dont think the names should be mentioned in rape cases just in case it happens they did not commit the crime!
13:58 March 17, 2011 by DJECKY
I pitty the young Guy,,,he is suffering from the raklesness of his parents .Who cant unstand the biblical marrriage creet of..(for better or for wost)
14:36 March 17, 2011 by ChomskyReader
@ Syftfel, the media is there to serve the interests of big business as well as government, often the three work together covertly to form peoples opinions. Remember Aftonbladet some weeks ago, "Terrorns ansikte" with the image of two middle eastern looking guys and a black guy? Considering the shootings in Malmö by the crazed lone gunmand the unpopularity of Sverige Demokraterna, it was more than bloody insensitive, it does not exactly help race relations does it?

Prior to that the same paper, pushed on their pages that campaign about not supporting racism, "Vi som inte gillar" or something to that effect, and then they turnaround do what I just mentioned above.

@ djmarko, unfortunately we now live in a time, where you are guilty until you can prove yourself innocent.
20:49 March 17, 2011 by Iraniboy

The media of the country you come from has been instructed to have at least one news about Arabic and Islamic names and the terror suspects to brain your wash that every problematic person has such characteristics. If you are in Sweden, welcome to Sweden if not stay where ever you are and only respect Swedish values.
22:26 March 17, 2011 by Syftfel
@iraniboy: Do I read you correctly that when the name is classic Swedish, e.g. Sixten Josefsson, the Swedish media has been ordered by the liberal leadership to print the name? And when the name is "foreign" sounding, e.g. Hussein Obama, the liberal PC edicts dictate that they do not? Help me out here iraniboy. I'm confused. By the way, what country do I come from?
01:15 March 18, 2011 by Patriot1742
To me is sounds like he is trying to push blame off on someone else rather than man up to what he did.
01:25 March 18, 2011 by GLO
This is why you need capital punishment.
08:00 March 18, 2011 by calebian22
Naming and shaming is self-regulated by the individual news outlets in Sweden (reference samhållskunskap). Considering the collective guilt mentality of Sweden in regards to integration failure, it is no surprise that Svenne Banan is named but not, (insert foreign name).
08:01 March 18, 2011 by helveeta
Hey everyone, just so you know if a crime is committed by a Swede, his name and photo will be published, if it's committed by a foreigner, it will just say "a man from Örebro" this is how we decipher who has committed the crime-a Swede or a foreigner. Just so you know...
01:45 March 19, 2011 by murphy the cat
Hitchikers in Iran, in prison because they are from america or a political /racial statement, an english couple jailed for kissing in public in bahrain, are the americans behins the demonstrations in iran. Take a deep breath and ,,
22:59 March 24, 2011 by Yoninadi
How about that Iraqi man that raped a girl in Raskvallar.his name has not been mentione.
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