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Two Poles convicted for 'brutal' farm murders

27 Jun 2012, 11:43

Published: 27 Jun 2012 11:43 GMT+02:00

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The two men, named in the Swedish media as Miroslaw Tabisz, 34, and Jacek Tabor, 40, will also be deported from Sweden after serving out their prison sentences, the Alingsås District Court ruled on Wednesday.

The bodies of 69-year-old dairy farmer Torgny Antby and his 71-year-old wife Inger were discovered on their farm near Alingsås last October after the couple failed to turn up for their afternoon performance with the local choir.

Torgny had been killed by a fatal blow to the head with an iron pipe, while Inger had been strangled to death with a force so powerful that it broke a bone at the base of her throat and damaged her windpipe.

Both victims had been tied up and had tape wrapped around their heads and faces.

According to prosecutors, the double murder took place in connection with a carefully planned robbery aimed at accessing the elderly farmers’ safe.

However, the court ruled that there was no firm evidence that the men took the safe and thus threw out charges of aggravated robbery.

"The evidence in the case has included, among other things, DNA traces, shoe prints, dog prints and analyses of where and when the men used their mobile phones. There have also been interviews with witnesses about what the men did before and after the time of the murders," the court wrote in a statement.

Tabisz and Tabor, both of whom were arrested in Poland a few weeks after the killings and then deported to Sweden, continue to claim their innocence, despite the guilty verdict.

However, judge Anders Hagsgård said the court has carefully reviewed all of the evidence and concluded there was no doubt that the men did indeed kill the elderly couple.

Around a dozen friends and relatives of the slain couple were on hand when the verdict was issued on Wednesday morning.

Hagsgård, along with the lay judges who presided over the case, were unanimous in finding the men guilty of murder.

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"It was like putting together a puzzle. But there are many solid pieces and they fit well together. We see a clear picture of these perpetrators," the judge told reporters, according to the TT news agency.

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12:17 June 27, 2012 by rfmann
So they will be deported after serving life in prison?
12:42 June 27, 2012 by karex
#1 My thoughts exactly. So when exactly will extradition take place, for their burial?

In any case, I had no idea that this sentence even existed in Sweden. So why isn't it doled out more often? There are certainly plenty of brutal murders which would justify life in prison.
13:10 June 27, 2012 by shozea
If they are deported after "life in prison" so what is the meaning of life in prison?
13:28 June 27, 2012 by rfmann
I'm guessing 'life in prison' is the literal translation of Swedish for '3 to 5 in a flat-screen TVed, gym-equipped, IKEA-styled, conjugal-visits-allowing correctional facility (counting toward retirement)', after which they will be sent home first class with an apology for the harsh treatment and a check for unrealized income during their detention.
14:15 June 27, 2012 by redblue
According to a precedent from the Supreme Court* from last year, a life sentence is equivalent to 21 years in prison, given that the killer has behaved well inside the prison and does not constitute a danger to society.

*Mattias Flink was sentenced to life imprisonment for seven murders and three attempted murders.
16:01 June 27, 2012 by olga118
So much for "Truth in Sentencing"....Why the hell do they even CALL it a life sentence?
19:25 June 27, 2012 by Grokh
2 polish ? first time i see the local revealing the nationality of people
20:17 June 27, 2012 by haladeen
@Grokh: as long as the perpetrators are not from Africa or Middle East yeah, it's no problem to clearly reveal their nationality. Otherwise it's "a 30 year old man with dark coat and blue jeans" often presented in a pixelated foto (sometimes even white-pixelated :)). Aftonbladet and Expressen are mastering this technique.
00:55 June 28, 2012 by Bender B Rodriquez
"Life sentence" means 18 years to life, depending on behavior, nature of the crime, etc. Life sentence means pretty much the same in most Western nations except the USA.
02:34 June 28, 2012 by olga118
If "Life Sentence" means 18 years then why don't they just say that? 18 years is not equal to a life sentence. How many people would one actually have to senselessly murder in Sweden to get a "life sentence" or do they just not do that here?
11:06 June 28, 2012 by Bender B Rodriquez
Can you read? It means 18 years miminum. Most countries apply the same principle for life sentences.
17:00 June 28, 2012 by olga118
Yes, Bender, I can read quite well in fact. But apparently you can NOT read. The question was why do they not just call it what it is. Don't be obtuse.
00:38 July 1, 2012 by james_g
Life sentence MEANS life; if they are released after 18/25/whatever years it is on licence - slightest infringement of the law and they can be pulled back into prison. At least, that's how it is in the UK...
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