Inmate gets life for fatal prison guard beating

The 28-year-old inmate who beat a female prison guard to death at a remand centre south of Stockhlom in October was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Inmate gets life for fatal prison guard beating
Karen Gebreab Memorial Fund; Polisen

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.

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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Swedish NBA star won’t play amid assault probe

Swedish-American Jeffery Taylor of the Charlotte Hornets will not be involved in team activities as the basketball association and police probe the domestic assault charge against him.

Swedish NBA star won't play amid assault probe
Jeffery Taylor in action for Sweden against Russia in 2013. AP Photo

The team, in a statement Friday, did not characterize its action as a suspension, and indicated Taylor agreed to the measure.

"As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution," the Hornets said.

"We have spoken with Jeffery and his representatives and they fully understand our position."

Taylor was arrested and charged on Thursday in East Lansing, Michigan, just the latest unsavory incident to tarnish the reputation of US sports.

The 25-year-old was arraigned and has been formally charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property, a police statement said.

Authorities did not outline the circumstances of the case, saying only that police were called after a report of domestic assault at an East Lansing hotel at around 1:00 am on Thursday.

Taylor, a 25-year-old measuring 201 centimetres, was born in Norrköping in eastern Sweden. He is about to enter his third season in the NBA. He holds dual Swedish and American citizenship

He missed most of last season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in December.

His arrest came just days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league was reviewing its policies on domestic violence in light of the public relations crisis the NFL is facing over its handling of several such cases involving high-profile players.

That included the NFL's clumsy handling of Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked his future wife unconscious in a casino elevator in February.