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Man jailed for slaying teen on football pitch

TT/The Local/js · 5 Jan 2012, 12:41

Published: 05 Jan 2012 12:41 GMT+01:00

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The man stabbed the 18-year-old in the chest as he played football with friends on a pitch in Hässelby, a suburb of the capital. The group managed to escape to a nearby shop, but were followed by the attacker, who continued to make threats against them. The teenager later died of his injuries.

The killer told police he targeted his victim after recognizing him from a previous fight, but the Stockholm District Court said it had not found evidence to back up that claim.

Tests showed that the murderer did not suffer from a serious psychiatric disorder, and was therefore responsible for his actions.

The man's lawyer, Sargon De Basso, said he would decide next week whether to appeal. He said the crime should have been categorized as manslaughter:

"We think it is wrong of the court to find that this was a murder," he said.

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16:31 January 5, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
So the guy stabbed a kid to death... yet the lawyer says it's not murder. Umm... ok.
16:45 January 5, 2012 by zooeden
This is news!!! Justice in Sweden!!!

Sargon De Basso, can someone punch him please!!!
17:18 January 5, 2012 by StockholmSam
How was this 'manslaughter' and not 'murder' exactly?
17:40 January 5, 2012 by Borilla
Remember De Basso is an advocate. He gets paid to hold ridiculous positions. The guy got convicted of murder so what his lawyer says is not news. If the court of appeal changes the verdict, then you have a miscarriage of justice. Remember, with regard to lawyers, it is that 99% that give the rest of them a bad name.
17:51 January 5, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
It's ridiculous. Seems there is no such thing as murder here, the libs just don't seem to be able to stomach such a bad thing could exist.
23:19 January 5, 2012 by blursd
Yes, because stabbing someone in the chest clearly demonstrates they DON'T want that person to die.

I think that's kind of the point of stabbing someone.
23:48 January 5, 2012 by Mai Bad
12 years is "justice"....whaattt? Life is cheap in Sweden or what?
09:29 January 6, 2012 by Valdemaratterdag
@Mai Bad,

I think the point is that the typical Swedish sentence for a similar crime would be three years in jail, day trips to the zoo, and early release (back into Sweden). 12 years in jail and ultimate deportation is a huge first step for Sweden.

Of course, Sweden is only half way there even with this sentence.

I won't be surprised if this "harsh" sentence gets overturned on appeal.
10:10 January 6, 2012 by Da Goat
I hope they deport him to some where "nice" to serve his 12 years no use wasting money on that "nice" murderer!
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