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Malmö shooter set to face murder charges

TT/The Local/pvs · 6 May 2012, 16:51

Published: 06 May 2012 16:51 GMT+02:00

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Peter Mangs, who has passed two birthdays in police custody since being arrested on November 6th 2010, denies charges that he is the man behind the string of shootings which spread fear among Malmö residents throughout 2010.

Mangs will face court on Monday to hear the charges he is set to face when Malmö district court convenes to try his case a week later.

The police investigation into the case has extended to a reported 7,500 pages - a file which will become a public document this week.

Periodic reports emerging from the police investigation since Mangs' arrest have added further cases to the charge sheet and he is now expected to face charges relating to more than 20 cases of murder or attempted murder.

Police statements in October 2010 indicating that they were investigating whether a lone shooter with a racist motive was behind a string of attacks dating as far back as 2003 led to the suspect being compared to the "Laser Man" case of the early 1990s.

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Laser Man was the nickname given to John Ausonius, who shot 11 people of immigrant origin, killing one, around Stockholm from August 1991 to January 1992.

Ausonius, who got his nickname by initially using a rifle equipped with a laser sight, was sentenced to life behind bars in 1994 and remains in prison.

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

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21:10 May 6, 2012 by Stonebridge
Don't know why The Local insists on calling this man a "shooter". The word used in English is "gunman". "Shooter" is slang for gun and sounds comically naive in this context.
08:36 May 7, 2012 by karex
Well, well, it would seem that back in 1994 the laws worked a lot better. This is the first time I hear of anyone getting a life sentence, and not a 6-month holiday, a slap in the hand, a sermon, and a fine.

Interesting how not only the man's picture but his name is printed? Has something changed lately? He hasn't been convicted yet. I'm not complaining, mind you. If there are dangerous people out there loose I would like to know about it. At least if this one is let go on some technicality we'll know what he looks like.
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