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Man charged with stabbing 10-year-old girl

The Local · 27 Apr 2012, 15:24

Published: 27 Apr 2012 15:24 GMT+02:00

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The man attacked the girl outside her school in Hjällbo, western Sweden, in early February before fleeing the country for Spain.

Just over a week later, he gave himself up at a consulate in Malaga, and was extradited to Sweden on March 2nd. He was arrested the next day.

The man has confessed to stabbing the girl with a knife, yet admitted that he initially gave himself up thinking he had killed her.

The crime has been labelled as attempted murder, according to the prosecutor Per-Håkan Larsson, who spoke with the TT news agency after the hearing on Friday.

“There is no doubt that he has done this, and he confessed that he stabbed the girl in the neck. I mean, if you knife someone in the throat, you know that it may lead to death,” said Larsson.

However, the attacker only confessed to grievous bodily harm, while the court formally charged him for attempted murder on Friday.

The girl, who wavered between life and death after the attack, has since returned to full health.

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16:10 April 27, 2012 by Rishonim
And since the poor little girl did not die his sentence will be something like 9 months and order to pay 74.000 KR. Even though the little girl survived, thank G-d for that, she will be traumatized for the rest of her life
16:17 April 27, 2012 by rabbemos
I do wonder what the sentence will be for nearly murdering a 10 year old. It would be nice to hear from someone who is familiar with the law what the maximum and minimum sentences are for both attempted murder and grievous bodily harm.

How does it work in Sweden is it the attacker who gets to decide what he is charged with based upon his admitting that he did not mean to kill her as the article infers or is it lost in translation a bit?
17:01 April 27, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Attempted murder and murder should both carry the maximum possible penalty. There is no fundamental difference between these two crimes.
18:12 April 27, 2012 by Migga
#3 I agree, in most cases it`s just pure luck that a knife didn`t cut something a cm the other way.

I`m just guessing but I would say perhaps 8-12 years. Since it was "just" attempting murder and not murder it won`t be for life.
11:35 April 28, 2012 by johan rebel
Yet another of those crimes that would never have happened if Sweden was not ruled by a bunch of politicians who don't understand a thing about human nature.
20:20 April 28, 2012 by zooeden
Sentence him to the guillotine!!! dont mind the french!!!
14:50 April 29, 2012 by Migga
The reason why is because he is mentaly ill.
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