Former students charged for killing teacher

Swedish prosecutors have charged two former students along with a third accomplice for beating a high school to teacher to death in early April.

The teacher, 54-year-old Tommy Johansson, was savagely beaten and killed in Hofors in eastern Sweden.

According to the indictment, Johansson was subject to severe violence before he died. The trio also stole a computer and the teacher’s cash card before leaving the scene.

Two men and a woman who had previously said Johansson was one of her favourite teachers, are suspected of breaking into his apartment, at which point they began beating and kicking him.

The former students met the teacher outside a pizzeria earlier in the evening before following him to his apartment.

While the precise motive for the crime remains unclear, one theory suggests that the 22-year-old hatched the plan out of jealousy, believing that Johansson was hitting on his former student, the Aftonbladet newspaper reports.

At their remand hearing, the former students admitted to assaulting Johansson, but denied killing him.

One of the men, 22, has been charged with murder, while the 21-year-old woman has been charged with murder and an alternative charge of being an accomplice to murder.

The second man, also 22, has been charged with being an accomplice to murder as well as with protecting a criminal.

“My contention is that a man and a woman together murdered Tommy Johansson and another man was on the scene and is guilty of being an accomplice to murder,” prosecutor Krister Frykman told the Expressen newspaper.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.