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Samurai sword stabber sees sentence sliced

TT/The Local/og · 7 Mar 2012, 10:14

Published: 07 Mar 2012 10:14 GMT+01:00

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“The Supreme Court has concluded that it has been shown that the man intended to commit a very serious offence, but not to kill his girlfriend,” the court said in a statement, according to TT news agency.

The man, who stabbed his girlfriend in the back with a “newly manufactured” sword as she was lying in bed, had originally been sentenced by the district court to eight years in prison for attempted murder.

But the Supreme Court reduced the sentence to five years in prison, finding the 31-year-old man guilty of aggravated assault, and not attempted murder.

The man's girlfriend was stabbed several times with the sword and was seriously injured in the attack, having been rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.

Following the attack, the man claimed he had been under the influence of alcohol and told authorities he had no recollection of the incident.

While neither the district court and court of appeal found that the man had committed the attack with intent, the Supreme Court found that there was no need to prove the man's intent as he got drunk by his own volition.

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The 31-year-old was arrested in April last year near his home in Hörnefors, northern Sweden, and it was thanks to a neighbour’s alert to police that the man was quickly apprehended.

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

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Your comments about this article

10:45 March 7, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
"Samurai sword stabber sees sentence sliced" - a 'play on words' in very poor taste I think....
10:52 March 7, 2012 by Eric Cantona
Who writes this stuff - a Sun reject? Or are the readers viewed at such a low level?
10:55 March 7, 2012 by riose
@Eric Cantona Read the comments in some of the threads and you will have your answer.
11:03 March 7, 2012 by zooeden
Hahahahaha, The man, who stabbed his girlfriend in the back with a "newly manufactured" sword as she was lying in bed didnt try to kill his girlfriend!!!! hahahahaha, it should continue "because she was abnoctious so she kinda deserve it!!!
11:11 March 7, 2012 by Southerner Up North
Why is that spousal abuse seems to be taken so lightly? Stabbing your partner while they sleep should be considered to be attempted murder! No matter how obnoxious they may be while they are awake.
11:18 March 7, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
This simply proves that the lunacy of Swedish sentencing goes all the way to the top, to the Supreme court itself.

She was stabbed several times in the back and could have easily bled to death, or from injury to her liver, intestines, kidneys, uterus, etc...

Drunks do not forget the crimes they commit as often as they pretend to. Blood gushing out my girlfriend's back from my stabbing her? boooorrrring ... I'll forget that in a minute or two.

Sweden again demonstrates that it is the land of rights without responsibilities, with another categorically insane sentencing example, sadly from the very top of the judicial system.
11:34 March 7, 2012 by jamesblish
Problem isn't what they consider the crime to be, problem is the length of the sentence.
11:51 March 7, 2012 by Borilla
Stab once, perhaps you have an argument. Stab multiple times, in the back, while the victim is sleeping and it would certainly appear to be attempted murder. The sentence is ridiculous. Essentially, there can be no "attempted murder" in Sweden. Unless the victim dies, the charge must apparently be some level of assault and a minimal sentence. At least, the court seems to have rejected the "I was drunk..." argument. If the person had been drunk and driven a car over his spouse, they would have put him away forever.
12:29 March 7, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
@ SimonDMonfort - Alliteration along with a play on words, actually, but anyway no need to be upset with the TL editor for a somewhat lighthearted headline when it is the Swedish justice system itself that is the real farce here, and that we should be criticizing until they stop handing out joke sentences.

@ Borilla - Agree. All murders are re-classified as attempted murders (like that teenager who was shot 5 times, including in the head, and left to die), and all attempted murders are re-classified as assault. Anything done to reduce the sentence is viewed as some sort of victory here.
12:44 March 7, 2012 by me_i_sverige
The man could have claimed that he was just testing the newly made sword. Had he done that he would not have been sentenced to prison. Swedish justice system prides itself by punishing as less as possible to a criminal. wake up now!!!
13:32 March 7, 2012 by GLO
What a joke Sweden!!!!
14:30 March 7, 2012 by Dazzler
Its good to know if I ever snap and "take out" someone, I will be safe in Sweden to do so!
14:33 March 7, 2012 by BritVik
Just say you were drunk - and you can pretty well get away with murder.

No wonder it is said that the law is an ass.
14:40 March 7, 2012 by zooeden
The guy was drunk cause he had a six pack of Mariestad 3,5!!! :D
14:48 March 7, 2012 by wolverine2k
Now imagine that the guy had sex with his girlfriend while she was sleeping! That would be an aggravated rape and warrant 10 years. Further imagine that the guy would have lied in one of his tax papers (assuming he is paying some kind of tax). He would be in the jail for 20 years.

But killing somebody, well no, that is only 5 years and he will be probably out in 2. Or maybe he kills more of the female guards in the jail!
15:18 March 7, 2012 by johan rebel
If this weren't Sweden, it would just beggar belief.

Five years? The heinous crimes of selling drugs or evading taxes will have you behind bars longer than that.

The concept of justice in this country is beyond the comprehension of any sane person.
18:20 March 7, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
@ Reason abd Realism - agree with you about the alliteration and the rubbish Swedish justice system. I just think thelocal's editors were insensitive in using a 'lighthearted' headline
11:54 March 8, 2012 by karex
The man stabs his girfriend several times and that is not considered attempted murder? To me aggravated assault would have been if he had slapped her. Any attack with a weapon should be attempted murder.
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