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Police 'not told' of stabbing suspect's call

TT/The Local/pvs · 3 Mar 2012, 08:22

Published: 03 Mar 2012 08:22 GMT+01:00

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At a remand hearing held Saturday, the man, through his lawyer, admitted to the stabbing, but claimed he never meant to kill the girl.

The 28-year-old confessed to stabbing the girl in the neck several times with a knife when she was out of the grounds of a primary school in Hjällbo on February 6th.

However, he never intended to kill the girl and rejected suspicions of attempted murder or manslaughter, but confessed to committing an act of aggravated assault.

The 28-year-old's lawyer Claes Östlund also said his client objected to be being held on remand at which point the judge ordered the rest of the hearing be held behind closed doors.

Following the hearing, the court ordered the man remanded in custody.

It also emerged on Saturday that shortly after the attack, the man called the SOS Alarm emergency service and said he had done something terrible, specifying his location and that he requested a police unit be dispatched.

However, SOS Alarm declined to forward this information to the police, according to a report in the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) daily.

The man then fled to another European country.

Police refused to comment on the report that emergency services had information about the attack that wasn't shared with police.

"We've decided not to comment on the information," detective Per-Olof Johansson of the Västra Götaland County police told the TT news agency.

After Swedish police issued an arrest warrant for the man following the attack, he reportedly turned himself in to local police in another European country.

Johansson confirmed that the 28-year-old was apprehended in Spain and that he arrived abck in Gothenburg on Friday night after being extradited by Spanish authorities.

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However, he refused to confirm that the man turned himself in.

The man reportedly has no relation to the girl, and has told police that he was acting alone.

The girl is reportedly doing well after the incident and that despite suffering a minor infection in the stab wound, she has made a full recovery.

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

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Your comments about this article

00:18 March 4, 2012 by muugii
if he was not intended to kill her what he was expecting when he stabbing?
06:32 March 4, 2012 by Imperor
Privatizing SOS-alarm is one of the stupidest things done in Sweden, they screw up all the time, making bad judgement calls and not having to take responsibility.

I have called in several times to report ongoing crimes only to get transferred to some more or less unmanned police station to wait for 30 minutes until someone picks up. By that time the crime has been committed and the perpetrator is far away...
08:31 March 4, 2012 by Keith #5083
It seems that personal responsibility is a term that has fallen out of the social conscience. There is a growing and disturbing trend in many aspects of society to always deny liability

#muugii makes a good point. But what the hell is it that a 28 yr old attacks a 10 year old child in this way...and then tries to claim it was not attempted murder? Attacking another 28 year old may be assault, attacking a child with a knife in the neck is way off the assault scale! That he is probably sick does not alter the nature of the offence, but may alter the nature of the punishment. The road to good mental health is an acceptance of personal responsibility for one's actions!

However, such degraded standards also apply to orgs like SOS-Alarm, in this case. Since the definition of an accomplice is someone who is aware a crime is to be committed, or may be committed, and does nothing to prevent it...what would have been the scenario for SOS 'larm if this guy had then gone on to attack other children?
10:56 March 4, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Time for a public inquiry on this one.

What precisely was said in the call to SOS alarm, and why did the person who received this call apparently behave with such shocking irresponsibility? Was the SOS person following or ignoring his/her own official duties? How many 'prank' calls do they get each year where an adult voice says he has stabbed a child in the throat, and supply a location of the crime as well?

A criminal penalty to one or more SOS employees would appear to be justified on the basis of what little is known so far here.
20:51 March 4, 2012 by TheWatchman

Exactly what I was thinking.
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