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'We will likely appeal': defence lawyer

29 May 2012, 17:55

Published: 29 May 2012 17:55 GMT+02:00

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“We’re naturally displeased with the court’s judgment because my client denies the crime,” said the 26-year-old’s lawyer Bengt-Göran Hugoson to the TT news agency.

He claimed that the court had incorrectly evaluated evidence and that there are several factors which contradict the student’s explanations.

“They actually found that the so-called kidnapped person completely unharmed in an unlocked house. He was not bound, not taped, and could leave when he wanted. No demands were made for a ransom,” he said.

Hugoson added that the judgment would likely be appealed.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Lars Hedwall told local paper Upsala Nya Tidning that he aimed for a lengthier sentence.

"It is a serious punishment, but I did argue for a longer sentence. Now I will have to read the verdict and see if the district court’s argumentation is convincing for the sentence that they have chosen," he said.

Apart from kidnapping, the man and the woman were also convicted of attempted extortion and attempted fraud after trying to force a man to buy an apartment, which the 26-year-old was selling.

They were also convicted of theft after stealing a large number of bicycles, 10 and 21 respectively, in southern cities Malmö and Lund in September.

The reason behind the attempted fraud, extortion and theft was to finance the kidnapping of the Uppsala student.

Hedwall had argued for at least fourteen years for both.

The 25-year-old Uppsala student went missing from his home in late December and was taken to a derelict house in the county of Västerbotten in northern Sweden, where he was found by police eight days later.

Police soon started to suspect three individuals who had been seen in the neighbourhood, and apprehended two of them after some items belonging to the missing man were found in their car.

A third man was brought in shortly after.

According to the prosecutor, the suspected trio’s intent was to blackmail the man’s wealthy family. The defence of the 25-year-old, that the whole thing was staged by the victim in order to get “famous”, was discarded by the court as “unrealistic”.

Neither did they believe the woman’s explanation that the whole stunt had been a “joke”.

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The prosecutor wanted at least ten years in prison for the third defendant, a 26-year-old man, but before he can be sentenced he has to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. A general examination has shown that he may be mentally ill. He has admitted to the charges.

The convicted pair will together pay a fine to the Uppsala student of a total of 132,300 kronor ($18,440). A potential appeal must be filed before June 19th.

TT/Rebecca Martin


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19:44 May 29, 2012 by johan rebel
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19:46 May 29, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#1: "card-carrying member of the Swedish loony left."

You got a source on that?
22:55 May 29, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
...Interesting turn of phrase - "convicted of eight years each in prison"
23:16 May 29, 2012 by ctinej
I wish we could be told where the crooks came from....Nationality. Can I guess, ....Eastern Europe.

Imagine if the Medical community could not talk about where a disease originated or propagated from. They could not screen more carefully those who came from that area, and the "freedom" to transport diseases would be totally open.

If we were not able to label certain races with the probability of being disease carriers, we would be years behind our current ability to eradicate some diseases.

So, we have this cancer (crime) entering Scandinavia. Should now we be able to know where it is originating and should not we take precautions to keep it out??
00:55 May 30, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Why does The Local NEVER mention names...unless they are "ethnic Swedes"?
15:33 May 30, 2012 by skumdum
It's been decided by PC left media in Sweden that there are no such thing as ethnic Swedes. That's why you can name them.
21:01 May 30, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#6: what "left media"? Everything is owned by Schibsted and the Bonnier family, hardly the left-leaning types of people.
05:19 May 31, 2012 by JohnnyEnglish
The owners doesn't care as long as they sell.
09:53 May 31, 2012 by autonomy
"The prosecutor wanted at least ten years in prison for the third defendant, a 26-year-old man, but before he can be sentenced he has to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. A general examination has shown that he may be mentally ill. He has admitted to the charges."

Of course: you'd have to be mentally ill to actually admit guilt, right?
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