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'No foul play' in teen girl's hanging death

TT/The Local/og · 4 Jun 2012, 18:22

Published: 04 Jun 2012 18:17 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Jun 2012 18:22 GMT+02:00

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The girl, who was found dead on Thursday morning in a wooded area in Skärholmen, has been identified by Swedish media as Jassitha.

Initially, police suspected suicide, however new information has led investigators to suspect a murder which may have been set up to look like a suicide.

But following the completion of an autopsy on Monday, police are now returning to their original theory about the girl's death.

"It shows that the death was probably not caused by a crime," police spokesperson Hesam Akbari told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

Jassitha’s friends and family have spoken out about the death of the 17-year-old, who was found hanged in the woods near her home and had been missing for several days prior to the discovery.

“She was such a beautiful girl, she would never take her own life, she was so strong,” said Jassitha’s father to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“She was my little girl, and the police must find out who has done this.”

He told Expressen that Jassitha was an accomplished student who dreamed of becoming a doctor.

Meanwhile, police continue to search for clues in the area where the girl was discovered, as well as interviewing friends and family of the girl.

The deceased girl’s boyfriend has revealed that a text message he received from Jassitha before her death said “See you in the next life,” wrote the paper.

The boyfriend also insisted that she would never have committed suicide.

One year ago, a relative of the girl was formally charged for several cases of aggravated assault and violation of integrity against the 17-year-old.

The relative was arrested and detained, yet despite the fact that the girl had given witness statements to police documenting her injuries, she retracted her statement in the court’s official hearing.

The relative was still convicted after having confessed to the crimes during the investigation and several witnesses had confirmed the story.

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“We recognize the conviction, and have spoken with the relative after the girl’s death,” Ville Paloheimo of the Söderort police told the paper.

Despite the medical examiner's findings, police continue to investigate Jassitha's death.

"We haven't dropped the case as there are a few measures we need to complete before we can change directions or close the case," Akbari told SvD.

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

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Your comments about this article

16:48 June 4, 2012 by gpafledthis
"violation of integrity" ?? if that is crime in sweden how come TL is still online ??
20:40 June 4, 2012 by Dazzler
YAY honor hanging! Nothing to see here......
21:29 June 4, 2012 by muscle
@Dazzler: Seriously speaking, Sick and pathetic comment!
08:51 June 5, 2012 by G Kin
A possible suicide. So tragic and rather baffling to me.

I come from Cameroon, a country that has problems in a lot many ways than Sweden does At least when it comes to ordinary day life but the easy in taking one's own life here in Sweden really baffles me.

About a month ago here in Götenborg someone flung themselves in front of a tram at Briljantsgatan. The tram was in high speed and of course there was no chance of survival. I was on board the tram and the very first time for me to witness such a wilful tragedy. I guess this is one of the things I find really hard to understand here. It is a really selfish thing to do at the least. No matter how hard or bad my life is is still remain my mother's son. Taking my life might be an easy solution to my troubles but what kind of life will I be condemning my mother to...for the rest of her life despite all she has done for me. Think of all who love and care about me...

I guess I believe that I do not single handedly own my own life...this likely isn't true for others. May her soul rest in peace. Yet it is hard for me to come to terms with such an end...This v´certainly is no way to die.
10:34 June 5, 2012 by Metheny
This is a great tragedy.

These comments, these opinions are the symptom of another great human tragedy which could be at the root of the first mentioned.

Let's just pray for Jassitha. For her family and friends.
23:21 June 5, 2012 by bethrichardson
Whatever the cause of this girls death, I can only hope her family and friends find peace. I can't imagine the horror of losing a child. My heart goes out to her parents.
06:48 June 6, 2012 by Da Goat
Dazzler might be onto something here! Honour seems to be lurking there somewhere...even if it is self honour.

yeah really sad when a young promising person is lost!

the no hoper's just live on it seems

seems like maybe that relative who violated her may have killed her a while ago and it took some time mature!
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