• Sweden's news in English

Man held for stabbing Swedish 10-year-old

TT/The Local/rm · 14 Feb 2012, 17:32

Published: 14 Feb 2012 17:32 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

”We have sent a demand that he be held provisionally while we get the paperwork sent over,” said prosecutor Per-Håkan Larsson to news agency TT.

Larsson told TT that the man is being held by police somewhere abroad, but he wouldn't divulge in what country.

The attack, which occurred outside the Bergsgård school in the Hjällbo district northwest of central Gothenburg, left the young girl seriously wounded.

An unknown man approached the girl while she was playing in the school yard, stabbing her in the throat and then fleeing the scene.

She was immediately taken to Östra Hospital with the knife still in her throat, according to a statement from police, and was later moved to Sahlgrenska Hospital.

According to the prosecutor the apprehended suspect does not have a criminal record but was known to the police, which means that although having previously been suspected of crimes, he has never been convicted.

Larsson thinks it won't take more than a few weeks before the man can be extradited to Sweden, unless he appeals the extradition which would mean the process would take longer.

”Hopefully it is a question of a short time, a few weeks or at most a month,” said Per-Håkan Larsson to TT.

Larsson added that the police in the country where the man is being held have been very helpful and are cooperating well with their Swedish colleagues.

Story continues below…

He was not willing to elaborate on how the police went about tracking the man, but said that there are no other leads and that they think they have found the right man.

”There are no other alternatives. Hopefully this is the right way forward, and that is the way it looks at the moment,” Larsson said to TT.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

21:22 February 14, 2012 by blursd
1) If the police have the suspect in custody why is he still referred to ambiguously as "an unknown man." Name ...? Seems like if you have a person in custody you would also be in possession of this most basic of details.

2) "A foreign country" ...? He's in custody, but they can't tell you what country it is? Denmark, Norway ...? France, Italy, Romania ...? Burkina Faso, Argentina, Loas ...? Honestly ... why exactly is it unethical to state where he was detained?
22:27 February 14, 2012 by stevo1
your kidding blursd aren't you?

answers to your questions

1) there is no name because you need to be proven guilty, as 'your innocent until proven guilty'. If the Police are wrong and release the persons name they essentially character assassinate the person which could result in them losing job, friends and all public credibility.

2)Police wont release the country for fear of retribution for some one who maybe innocent. As stated in the first answer 'your innocent until proven guilty' imagine you were detained for a crime that you didn't do, and police released your name and location, and you lost everything, wife, girlfriend, family, job etc, then the victims family tracked you down and beat you to an inch of your life. You'd be pretty pissed off wouldn't you?

Police have a duty of care for everyone, the victim as well as the perpetrator, to keep everybody safe and allow the justice system to work effectively.
00:55 February 15, 2012 by blursd
Really ...

1) Anders Brievik hasn't been "proven guilty" by a court of law (his case is still ongoing), yet we knew his name about the same time he was being arrested. Care to reexamine your argument?

2) That's utter bull@#$ ... there is nothing illegal or unethical about disclosing where a person is being detain. Shall we discuss the example of Julian Assange. He's in England. How do I know that ...?!?
07:20 February 15, 2012 by StockholmSam

You really are clueless.

This case is in Sweden and subject to Swedish laws. Anders Behring Breivik's crime was subject to Norwegian laws. Also, it drew tremendous international attention and he left a signed manifesto. He wanted the world to know he did it. Assange's crime was against the US (among others) and therefore his name was released first by non-Swedish media. Once another nation's media releases a name, Swedish media will use it. But in Sweden, they do not release the name and the policy is a sound one. Holding a person on suspicion of a crime is not the same thing as proving guilt or convicting in a court of law. Once convicted, Sweden releases the name. The policy makes a ton of sense.

Stevo1 explained it pretty clearly. Your response shows that you are willing to eschew logic in favor of torch-bearing mob mentality. As Stevo said, I am sure you would feel differently if you were charged with a crime you did not commit.
08:25 February 15, 2012 by Migga
@ blursd

There is a name but since it`s a foreign one it won`t be made public. The man is vietnamese but that doesn`t mean it`s that country he`s fleed to.
08:38 February 15, 2012 by Ter76
Wonder how the poor girl is in all of this:( hope she wont be to psychologically to screwed up for life...At lease they have him detained without or without a name;)...
09:19 February 15, 2012 by Harry®
Didn't stop Sweden disclosing their alleged version of events about Julian Assange with photos?
09:42 February 15, 2012 by blursd
@ StockholmSam

No ... I remember vividly the Swedish prosecutor holding a press release saying the name "Julian Assange" was wanted for "police questioning" for alleged rape (not even formally charged with a crime), and that they were seeking extradition from the United Kingdom. THEN all the various media outlets from across the world ran with it ...

So, just in the one example we have Sweden giving us, 1) the name of the accused person, 2) what the person were accused of (not convicted), and 3) where the person was being held.

Explain ... If what you say is true all we should know is "a person" was being held "somewhere" for suspicion of doing "something" in Sweden.
15:16 February 15, 2012 by zooeden
I only hope that justice is made!!
Today's headlines
Here's how slow Sweden's high-speed trains are getting
A Swedish SJX2000 high speed train. Photo: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

The high-speed rail journey between the three biggest Swedish cities is about to get longer.

The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

US election
Donald Trump won't get new Ericsson head's vote
Trump pictured at a campaign rally in Florida. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

The new Swedish-American boss of telecoms giant Ericsson has revealed he will not vote for the Republican nominee in the forthcoming US presidential election.

Swedes named fourth most gender equal in the world
A file photo of men and women pushing prams in Stockholm. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

Sweden has closed 81 percent of its overall gender gap according to the World Economic Forum.

Sweden: Russian warships in the Baltic 'worrying'
Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Two Russian warships equipped with long-range missiles have entered the Baltic Sea after passing Denmark.

Why businesses are worried about Sweden's drone ban
A drone filming in Stockholm. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The Local investigates what Sweden's new drone ban could mean for businesses in the country.

This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Is Game of Thrones coming to Sweden?
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
People-watching: October 20th
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available