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‘It really wasn’t that brutal’: murder suspect

TT/Rebecca Martin · 21 Jun 2011, 15:29

Published: 21 Jun 2011 15:29 GMT+02:00

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“It really wasn’t as brutal as it sounds,” said the murder suspect when he described the assault that led to the death of teacher Tommy Johansson, who was found beaten to death in his apartment in Hofors in eastern Sweden.

The two men and one woman are charged with the crime are all in their early twenties.

One of the men has been charged with murder, while the woman has been charged with murder and an alternative charge of being an accomplice to murder. The second man has been charged with being an accomplice to murder as well as with protecting a criminal.

The three suspects had visited a pizzeria in Hofors on April 3rd where they ran into Johansson, who had been one of the woman's favourite teachers in high school.

When the trio left the restaurant, the woman told her two male friends that Johansson had groped her and touched her breasts. Her boyfriend reacted violently, and found out where the teacher lived.

Once he'd found the address, the three broke into Johansson's apartment.

There they beat Johansson, subjecting him to severe and prolonged assault that verged on torture, according to prosecutors.

The three suspects also stole a computer as well as Johansson's cash card before leaving the scene.

Part of the assault has been documented, as one of the men brought out his mobile phone camera to record the proceedings.

The 20-year-old woman testified on Tuesday that when she took her boyfriend to her teacher’s house she had only intended for them to “talk”.

“I thought I’d just let him know he had done a bad thing,” she said while interrogated.

But according to the woman, her boyfriend, who is now facing murder charges, beat the teacher to the ground. While sitting down on top of him, he proceeded to punch the man in the face three times.

“And that was when I kicked him in the side of his abdomen and in the groin,” said the woman and burst into tears.

Crying, she then continued telling how the 20-year-old man continued his assault on the teacher by hitting him in the stomach and then jumping on both his chest and his head, all the while being filmed with a mobile phone camera.

Unlike the woman, the male murder suspect didn’t show any emotion. He accounted for what he had done that evening, denying having urged his girlfriend and the other man to come with him to the teacher’s house.

When the trio had trouble getting the 54-year-old’s door open, the man was close to giving up his plans to attack the teacher.

“I wasn’t going to bother. But then I changed my mind and made another attempt and managed to break the glass,“ he said in court.

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The 20-year-old retold how he then assaulted the Johansson.

“I jumped on his chest, not from up high, it was more to make my point. I did that twice,” he said.

He also claimed to know from previous experience with violence what kind of consequences different levels of abuse could have and that this assault really wasn’t as brutal as it sounds.

“Sure, you probably shouldn’t jump on people but I did and it was just a stupid thing to do,” he said to the court.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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16:14 June 21, 2011 by McChatter
"Sure, you probably shouldn't jump on people but I did and it was just a stupid thing to do," he said to the court.

Is this the result of watching and playing too many video "games"? What a callous barsteward!
18:21 June 21, 2011 by Rick Methven
"He also claimed to know from previous experience with violence what kind of consequences different levels of abuse could have and that this assault really wasn't as brutal as it sounds."

So he admits to having done this sort of thing before.

I hope the police are looking for other 'not so brutal' unsolved crimes
19:08 June 21, 2011 by jonathanjames61
We are talking about killing a human being here,not just a dummy,He was a teacher, a 54 years old man,in my earlier comment I did mentioned it that this lads need help not trial.most of our kids now leave in world of fantasy,Please can you take this lads to the mortuary and show them the dead mans body,then make them to attend the late mans burial in handcuffs,Then the reality will come back to them.For now they don't believe that the man is late.
20:20 June 21, 2011 by Scambaiter
Borgarbrackan...you forgot to mention that he was stabbed innumerable times with a kitchen knife (according to the Swedish press) and the public (including one of the accused) burst into tears when they watched and heard the film of the murder recorded by one the accused.

Either way, people under 21 can't be sentenced to life imprisoment in Sweden.
21:26 June 21, 2011 by Swedesmith
Let's ask the teacher and see if he thinks it was a brutal attack or not. Oh, wait....we can't because he's dead!
21:29 June 21, 2011 by SkaneLover

Taking them to the mortuary? Attending the funeral in handcuffs? Don't make me laugh! They appear to be a bunch of psychopaths who have no negative feelings for what they've done and feel no remorse for it either. Judging from the accused's remark about previous experiences with violence and what various levels of it can can cause it's obviously not the first time he's beaten someone to within an inch of their life. They probably blame the teacher for ''making'' them do what they did as well. The maximum sentence that Swedish law can hand down is appropriate for this terrible crime, not pity for the perpetrators.
00:15 June 22, 2011 by MichiganLady
How dead does dead have to be before it's considered brutal treatment?
00:37 June 22, 2011 by GLO
And this is the Sweden I used to visit, ashamed to be a relation. Now as bad as america, sorry.......
02:12 June 22, 2011 by Da Goat
Amazing what a psychopath will do for a hairy magnet!

men you don't need to be that desperate and everyone avoid psychopaths they might be fun/exciting to play with but are too dangerous to keep (probably will kill if you leave them, so leave them alone)

I say lock them up and snap off half the key in the lock

@Johnathanjames61 sorry to disappoint you, therapy does not fix psychopaths, any help they receive helps them to be better psychopaths only (or is that worse psychopaths, more proficient and tricky, more dangerous,more skilled) what to do?
10:08 June 22, 2011 by Borilla
Exactly what part of "dead" is it that these people don't understand? Only in Sweden is the defense that "I didn't kill him as bad as I could have" acceptable. This is a wonderful country with many positive aspects and a good place to live but the criminal "justice" system and policing need some work.
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