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Murder attempt grounds for dismissal: court

A man from Luleå in northern Sweden who was dismissed from his job after being convicted to five years in prison for attempted murder has lost a lawsuit filed against his previous employer.

It was in 2009 that the man had exploded in a fit of rage and stabbed his wife in the back during a domestic squabble. He had a previous history of bottling up grievances only to erupt in sudden bursts of anger.

When he didn’t turn up for work, his employer eventually discovered his absence was due to the fact that he was in police custody for the attempted killing.

A few months after his arrest he was dismissed by the small town dairy firm, which argued that the concerns of co-workers, the threat to business’s reputation — not to mention the man’s impending five year absence and need for subsequent retraining made it impossible for them to keep him on.

But the man’s union argued the employer had no right to fire the man, filing a suit with the Swedish labour court (Arbetsdomstolen) to declare the dismissal invalid and force his employers to pay him damages of 120,000 kronor ($19,000).

In its ruling, however, the labour court found that the man’s extended absence in combination with the severity of the crime was reason enough for dismissal.

Despite the incident, the man and his wife are planning to live together after he has served the end of his sentence.

The man’s union has also agreed to cover the nearly 200,000 kronor in legal fees incurred in pursuing the case.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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