Teen kills man, 84, over ‘sex blackmail’ plot

An 84-year-old man was stabbed to death in northern Sweden by a 19-year-old man who is claiming the older man was blackmailing him for sex.

“The man allegedly told the 19-year-old that ‘if you don’t sleep with me I will tell everyone you did anyway’,” said prosecutor Catharina Kjelsson to daily Aftonbladet.

Hans Wikman, 84, was found dead in his flat in Sundsvall, northern Sweden, at the end of November last year.

After having been fatally stabbed in the back he had been dragged into the bathroom and left there under a heap of towels and clothes.

Quite soon in the investigation, police turned their attention toward a 19-year-old high school student.

However, investigators were unwilling to disclose the exact nature of the relationship between the deceased man and the suspect.

When he was initially arrested, the 19-year-old denied all allegations, but suddenly made a blistering u-turn in January and requested a meeting with the police.

Under interrogation, the 19-year-old then went on to admit responsibility for the crime but claimed that it was motivated by the fact that the 84-year-old had tried to blackmail him into performing sexual favours.

“He says the man made sexual advances toward him,” said Kjelsson to the paper.

She also said that police found evidence that ‘partly’ substantiated the teenager’s claims.

Formal charges were filed against the 19-year-old on Friday.

The murder weapon has still not been found, although the young man has led the police to where he allegedly dumped it in the local Selångerån river.

Police will be holding a press conference regarding the case on Friday afternoon.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.