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Inmate gets life for fatal prison guard beating

The Local/js · 16 Dec 2011, 12:33

Published: 16 Dec 2011 12:33 GMT+01:00

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Prison guard Karen Gebreab, 24, was brutally assaulted by inmate Erik Ljungström as he was being escorted from his cell in the Flemingsberg remand centre on the morning of October 3rd.

Ljungström pummeled the 159 centimetre (5 ft. 3 in.) Gebreab with his fists and a baton he had wrestled away from another guard.

Prosecutor Mark Hankkio had argued that the murder warranted a lifetime prison sentence due to the brutality, cruelty and bestiality displayed by Ljungström.

He also referenced the duration of the assault and the suffering Gebreab must have experienced throughout the fatal beating.

Prior to the trial, Hankkio called the killing "an execution, plain and simple".

According to the Södertalje District Court, Ljungström's attack was of such a vicious and reckless nature that there was no other option other than a life in prison.

Ljungström's nevertheless wanted a fixed prison sentence, although he refused to say during questioning by police or during his trial why he attacked Gebreab.

His motive, if there is one, remains unknown.

Ljungströ, was convicted on all nine counts included in his indictment, some of which stemmed from a previous assault on a prison guard in August.

The other charges included a previous murder attempt, arson, and other minor offences.

Ljungström will also have to pay 75,000 kronor ($10,800) in compensation to Gebreab's mother, while her siblings are to receive 88,835 kronor and 50,000 kronor respectively.

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The other guard, who tried to aid Gebreab and who had her baton taken from her, is to receive 67,600 kronor.

An internal investigation carried out by Sweden's Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården) has uncovered a number of failings in connection with the incident.

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13:04 December 16, 2011 by spo10
Where will he get those money to pay the victim's family? I hope he gets locked up until he dies. This guy doesn't deserve any pardon for what he did.
13:16 December 16, 2011 by tigger007
he will get 14yrs in prison. the REAL question is: where were the other prison guards when this person was being transfered and why was he not in prison shackles during the transfer?
13:26 December 16, 2011 by spo10

ikr? I wonder myself. They're the ones who should pay the victim's family, and that bloke should be imprisoned for life!
13:39 December 16, 2011 by tigger007
her family should sue the prison system(aka THE STATE)for improper proceedures.i'm sure this man has some history of violence and this attack may have been racially motivated.prison systems on most places would have had a male guard or guards on the transfer.
13:43 December 16, 2011 by Grindsprint
There is no real reson to predict he will be out in 14 years. He can apply for a fixed sentence after 10, but if he gets one is another question. Also If the do give him a fixed sentence, it can be fixed to 30 years, and that means he will serve 20 if he behaves well throghout the prison term. They look at behaviour and rehabilitation and stuff like that, but they also look at the crime. I can´t predict what will happen in 14 yeas, but this guys crime will most likely be considered very vile then, as now.
14:06 December 16, 2011 by kinan
a white dude killed a black girl and he is being convected ! I am very surprised ! that is the first time that i am hearing a Swedish court verdict that makes sense .

I would say ' execute this animal ' he will get out of jail in 20 years or so and then he will go and kill someone else ! he is bad blood and he is to be executed !

Respect to everyone !
15:03 December 16, 2011 by Åskar
So many opinions, so little knowledge.
15:06 December 16, 2011 by Grindsprint
The beastial mindset that favours the death penalty is the same mindset that murders people. You murderous people are all the same
15:19 December 16, 2011 by kinan
@ Askar . please why don't you share your knowledge .

@ Grindsprint . Then please what do you think is the most suitable humanitarian thing to do with a man who brutally beated up a woman to death ?

locking him up is only a waste of time and money .

He will get out of jail and do the same thing again !

killers , rapists , child molesters all those people they get out of jail

and it's only a matter of time till they go doing the same

thing they they got locked up for !! look at the statistics it says so .

Respect to everyone !
15:30 December 16, 2011 by eton75
I wonder how the black inmates are going to deal with him ??
15:43 December 16, 2011 by Svensksmith

Would it have mattered if the gaurd was white and the inmate black? Bottom line: one human being killed another. Why drag race into it?
16:19 December 16, 2011 by kinan
someone was killed and that all what matters ! I fully agree with you ..

I am glad that the system sent him to jail for life and not made excuses for him claiming he is mentally ill or had a rough childhood or any crap like that !

and then sent him to a psychiatric hospital instead of jailing him ! It does not matter at all what is the race of the victim , a human was killed and that deserve to have the killer - in my own opinion - executed !!

Respect to everyone !
17:45 December 16, 2011 by Sh8rk3y
Hahahaha he'll have fun in the jail!
18:18 December 16, 2011 by Danne8
I think they are missing a huge point here... why have female guards in a prison where extremely dangerous male inmates are spending their time? I believe that the gender equality has its limits...

It is common sense that men (in average) have more strength and stamina... note that training is not a matter of discussion as all guards get the same training by default.

Two male guards could have had more chances of dealing/apprehending the inmate rather than two females.

There are some jobs (like the one in matter) that only men should be carrying out.
20:12 December 16, 2011 by Jim Brown
Capital punishment is appropriate when done as self defence of the community.

This is a perfect example. He will be in prison for many years. He will be protected and controlled by?? Prison guards whom he as already shown willingness and ability to murder.

And YES if released will kill again. I agree only God can make the final judgement on him. Lets give the Good Lord the opportunity sooner (like now) rather then later.

IF HE IS ALLOWED TO KILL AGAIN either in prison or after release the individuals who made that decision should be co-defendents at the resulting trial, subject to whatever sentence he then receives. To paraphrase Mark Twain such eventuality will tend to "focus their mind" when deciding what needs to be done with him.
20:34 December 16, 2011 by matona1
why the female guard excoting male criminal?i think is supose to be male guard for male criminal and same for the opposite,very beautiful girl,what a waste
22:21 December 16, 2011 by Abe L
@kinan, he had to kill someone from the law enforcement community to get any kind of real punishment. Usually killers in Sweden get a 3 year spa treatment.
23:19 December 16, 2011 by DAVID T
You can't always have a woman doing a mans job - Hope the feminists are happy now
23:55 December 16, 2011 by wxman
It shouldn't have come to this. Had he been treated accordingly, this young woman would still be alive. Recognize evil when you see it, and incarcerate properly.
00:22 December 17, 2011 by godnatt
I'm all for equal gender roles, but let's be realistic. Two females have no place escorting a hardened male criminal without male backup.

This isn't sexism, it's nature. Men have more testosterone and as a result are physically stronger.

She never stood a chance. In reality every day she worked in these conditions she survived only by the permission of the inmates who chose not to kill her. An absurd situation to put any woman into.

Once again, PC Sweden prefers fantasy to reality and here are the tragic results.
08:03 December 17, 2011 by Mina08
Why was a 24 year old guarding violent criminals?
11:15 December 17, 2011 by rise
@ godnatt

"In reality every day she worked in these conditions she survived only by the permission of the inmates who chose not to kill her."

I completely agree. Male inmates aren't guarded by female guards; for as long as the female doesn't know karate or such the male inmate can do whatever he wants with her.

Political correctness at its worst in a Sweden where everything there is at all about being a woman, and for that matter a man, shall be erased. Everyone's going to have the one and a same gender. :P
18:22 December 17, 2011 by Value
What a nazi face he has...
14:31 December 18, 2011 by seekingthetruth
I agree with those commenters who say this women should not be working at a male prison. I also think this is a racial motive crime. Another racist Swede--imagine that!
16:55 December 18, 2011 by Thierry10
@kinan "He will get out of jail and do the same thing again "

Don't project onto him your own fantasies ! You have no argument to claim there is 0% chance he can become less dangerous.

"killers , rapists , child molesters all those people they get out of jail "

If you lump rapists and child molesters with killers and complain they aren't locked up for life, only TWO conclusions can be drawn:

1) You believe these sex crimes victims deserve the same fate as murder victims: to have their life destroyed, get killed. The truth is that no sound scientific study supports the myth that these victims are usually "destroyed for life". Reality is FAR more subtle. But your comments suggest you don't care about reality more than you claim to care about public safety.

Or, 2) You believe in a totalitarian Justice like the US system often works, in which punishment far outweighs the crime. Then, you're a fascist scumbag.

"it's only a matter of time till they go doing the same thing they they got locked up for !! look at the statistics it says so "

Far-right or US politician populism. No study supports it, especially for murderers. This is one of the reasons why even murderers punished for life must have the hope to be released one day if and when they deserve it.
17:15 December 18, 2011 by thel0calsucks
It was probably an inside job, set up by the other Swedish guards because they didnt want to work with a dark haired non-Swedish woman.
17:49 December 18, 2011 by Thierry10
@Jim Brown

Your comment contains most clichés of fascistic redneck rhetoric about the way society should deal with serious crimes:

- prison and executions as way to PREVENT future crimes, not to PUNISH perpetrated crimes and thus making their perpetrators responsible.

- releasing the inmate will ALLOW him to commit crimes (as if he couldn't be punished in case of future crimes !)

- people who release him must be considered as accomplices if things turn bad.

It shows you're a least as despicable as the very killer we're talking about.
19:30 December 18, 2011 by godnatt

Interesting that defending the misunderstood good nature of rapists and child molesters makes you so reactionary...

Resonate with you for some reason??
22:39 December 18, 2011 by kinan
@ Thierry 10 .

you talked too much but you did not say anything !!

you are strange and i will not bother by replying to you ..

you are as law class as those criminals who should be locked up for life !!
23:13 December 18, 2011 by Kahmoudi
23:15 December 18, 2011 by kinan
again @ Thierry !

you are rude and a hypocrite ! you are a fascist scumbag !

me and you not having the same opinion over something does not give you the right to call me a fascist scumbag !! durak blads !
23:40 December 18, 2011 by Kahmoudi
20:00 December 21, 2011 by sureiam
Crazy Swedes, men and women can never b equal................ "dummies"
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