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Life sentence the ‘only option’: prosecutor

Prosecutors are demanding life imprisonment in the ongoing case of the 28-year-old who killed a female guard at the Flemingsberg remand facility south of Stockholm.

Life sentence the 'only option': prosecutor

The accused, who has refused to answer questions, has admitted to his crimes, and understands that he will be spending a long time behind bars, according to his lawyer Lars Hedsäter.

“But he wants a fixed sentence,” Hedsäter said.

However, prosecutor Mark Hankkio was adamant that for an attack of such brutality only a life sentence would be appropriate.

On Friday, the Södertälje District Court was shown a film behind closed doors recorded by internal security cameras in the prison.

The film reportedly shows the accused raining more than 50 blows on the 25-year-old guard with her own baton, in an attack lasting over a minute and a half.

Despite being rushed to hospital, the woman died less than an hour later.

The attack, which took place in the exercise yard, was seen by several witnesses.

One prisoner described how he was on the other side of the yard when he saw the warden approaching the 28-year-old. Suddenly he heard her screaming and saw her being attacked.

“I saw the bastard beating her, he just punched and punched and punched,”he said.

“I couldn’t continue watching.”

Speaking about the attack at the time, criminology professor Jerzy Sarnecki from Stockholm University said the incident was a “unique event”.

“I can’t remember a similar case like this and I’ve been working in criminology for 35 years now,” he told the TT news agency

He added that Swedish remand centres are some of the most dangerous workplaces around.

An older female guard, who had rushed to try and save her young colleague, revealed that she has been on sick leave with severe stress symptoms ever since the incident, adding that she is too frightened to even go down to the laundry room.

Her impression of the inmate was of someone devoid of emotion.

“He was completely empty. He answered when spoken to, but that was it. Like a cardboard cutout,” she said to TT.

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Swedish man locked up for porn surfer extortion

A Swedish man who sent bills to thousands of alleged porn surfers and threatened to publish their names if they failed to pay has been sentenced to two and a half years' jail for extortion.

Swedish man locked up for porn surfer extortion
A Swedish man has been sentenced to prison. Photo: Hasse Holmberg/SCANPIX

The 42-year-old, who had acquired the Swedish rights for streaming videos on a foreign website, sent bills to people he claimed had watched the clips, demanding payment ranging from tens to hundreds of euros.

For those who refused to pay, he raised the amount and threatened to call the police or publish their names on an online “porn blacklist” detailing which videos they had watched and then refused to pay for.

He admitted to 31 cases of aggravated extortion and to 526 cases of attempted extortion. The offences took place in 2012 and 2013.

“The district court has determined that the plaintiffs were subjected to aggravated extortion in the cases where it is proven that they received a bill of this kind,” a court in Malmö, southern Sweden, said in a statement on Monday.

The man told the regional daily Sydsvenskan in 2013 that he had earned millions of kronor (hundreds of thousands of dollars) legally through his website from users who had agreed to the prices mentioned in its terms and conditions.

Although users never left their contact details on the site, he was able to trace them through a list of IP addresses he bought from Sweden's largest internet service provider.