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Three convicted in killing of teen refugee

10 Apr 2012, 13:17

Published: 10 Apr 2012 13:17 GMT+02:00

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In addition to the shooter, two other men were also convicted for their role in the murder of the teenage boy, who had come to Sweden as an unaccompanied refugee in April 2011.

A 20-year-old man was sentenced to three years in prison for being an accomplice to manslaughter, while a third man, aged 23, received a four year prison sentence after being convicted on the same charge.

The 16-year-old boy was shot on October 15th, 2011 after he unwittingly found himself in the middle of an altercation involving the three men charged for the crime and another resident at the facility, which housed unaccompanied refugee youth.

According to the indictment, the three men originally came to the refugee home to purchase drugs.

When they couldn't find their supplier, then became upset and threatening, prompting another resident at the facility to try to get them to leave.

A fight ensued in which one of the men attempted to stab the resident in the neck.

The youngster dodged the blow, however, and ran inside the refugee home to arm himself with a broomstick.

As the 22-year-old then aimed his gun at the other resident holding a broomstick, the 16-year-old happened to walk out into the hall at which point he was shot in the face.

He was taken to hospital, but later died from his injuries.

In court, the three suspects argued that the shooting was unintentional and that the shot fired was merely a warning shot which happened to hit the boy in the face.

The Lund District Court was divided in its ruling, with the lead judge arguing that the 22-year-old should have been convicted of manslaughter as it couldn't be ruled out that the shot was indeed a warning shot.

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"But by firing a shot from a gun in a small corridor toward where there were several people, the 22-year-old must have understood that there was a high risk that someone would be killed by the shot," the court wrote, according to the local Skånska Dagbladet newspaper.

The court also rejected the shooter's argument that he was acting in self-defence against several of the residents who were allegedly coming at him with various objects that could be used as weapons.

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14:43 April 10, 2012 by Keith #5083
The ability of criminals to attempt to make the victims responsible for their crimes is mindblowingly staggering. Had he not been intending to cause serious injury or death...then why was he carrying a gun? This is not Florida, for goodness sake!.

So sad, so sad for this 16 year old Afghan refugee. Out of that hell hole to die in peaceful Sweden.
14:47 April 10, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
11 years for taking a life? What will he serve, 5 years then out for good behavior?
14:48 April 10, 2012 by slazenger
eleven years in prison are too short punishment for the crime he committed
14:49 April 10, 2012 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
Agree with Keith, very sad indeed.
15:17 April 10, 2012 by eton75
Eleven years is an insult ! If this was Texas he would be heading for deathrow .
15:43 April 10, 2012 by libertarianism
And our shooter hails from the ever popular Malmö. He and his cohorts are scheduled to spend a collective 18 years in a state facility at a cost of approx. 19 008 000 SEK / 2 810 000 USD…

Who's responsible for the refugee youth home? State authorities should be held accountable as well.
15:57 April 10, 2012 by Pakistani_Student
just 11 years of imprisonment and then he is free to kill someone else...
17:34 April 10, 2012 by Rod Munch
So why no deportation after the sentence?
17:42 April 10, 2012 by budaboy
So sad for the kid, and yes 11 years isn't much for murder.

It does make me wonder what kind of refugee home the kid was staying in at the time.

No supervision there at all? Let's be real for a sec here, armed dope heads looking for their regular dealer

in a refugee home?, getting into an argument and scuffle match without being stopped?

I'm sure there was a lot of noise and screaming going on before the gun went off.

Sweden is lucky CAIR isn't operating here or they would have had a lawsuit on their hands...

But this story also gives me an indication to what kind of people are looking for refugee status in Sweden,

selling Taliban dope before you are allowed to stay and live here ?

Hope the cops got the dealer and removed his ass from this sorry country.
18:32 April 10, 2012 by suprkynu
he run from bullets from his motherland unfortunately he died a peacefull land instead of enjoying freedom and sweetness of life.For me 11 years in prison is much lower.
20:02 April 10, 2012 by acidcritic
The new show, clearly, that in Sweden there are plenty of judges that do not love teen refugees. Instead, they love killers of poor teenager refugees.
20:21 April 10, 2012 by bramblebush
Just Refugees having fun....
22:07 April 10, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
Incredible and shocking in what it reveals about the whole system and those supposed to be managing it. The lead judge was busting to let the shooter off a murder wrap, regardless!!! floating the idea that the fatal shot was in fact supposed to be a warning shot.
10:11 April 11, 2012 by flintis
Won't be long before Sweden is like the countries these refugees are running from
10:59 April 11, 2012 by zooeden
What a tragedy, 11 years is still low but getting there I would say 15 years would be more appropiate...
13:37 April 11, 2012 by suprkynu
today he killed a refugee tomorrow after he finish11 years he will kill a swedish person. its jst like that. He should get life in prison.
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