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Swedish teen held for man's fatal beating

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09:19 CEST+02:00
A 15-year-old boy is being held by police in Eskilstuna in central Sweden on suspicion of beating a middle-aged man to death.

The man, who was in his fifties, died on around 6am Thursday morning after being assaulted around 8pm on Wednesday night, the local police said in a statement.

The 15-year-old boy suspected in the fatal beating was taken in for questioning later on Thursday morning and later placed under arrest on suspicion of assault and wrongful death.

Police are continuing their investigation by carrying out interviews with witnesses and attempting to gather more information about the circumstances surrounding the incident.2

“We're talking to people in the neighbourhood by knocking on doors and we'll continue tomorrow,” Lars Franzell, head of the violent crime division of the Södermanland County police, told the TT news agency.

Franzell remained tight lipped, however, about the where the crime took place and what relationship, if any, the dead man had to the suspected teen may have had with each other.

According to the local Eskilstuna-Kuriren, the fact that the boy isn't suspected of murder indicates that police don't currently believe he intended to kill the man.

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