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Malmö man admits to beating wife to death

The 42-year-old Malmö resident under suspicion of the killing of his 33-year-old wife after he was found trying to stow her lifeless body into a van has admitted to causing her death, but claims that it wasn't murder.

“He hasn’t admitted to murder. He wants it to be classified as manslaughter or possibly aggravated assault and causing the death of another,” said the man’s lawyer Ulf Bjermer to daily Kvällsposten.

The man was discovered around 3.30am on Wednesday morning by passersby on a street in central Malmö when he asked them for help lifting what witnesses quickly realized was a human body wrapped in a blanket into a van.

The witnesses immediately alerted police and kept the man from leaving the scene by surrounding the vehicle.

Police later arrested the man, who claimed that the woman’s death was an “accident”.

When police arrived the woman was still alive but died later on the way to the hospital.

Police believe that the man beat his wife so badly that he caused her death.

They also suspect that the five children, four of which were fathered by the 42-year-old, were in the couple’s flat at the time of the assault.

However, according to deputy prosecutor Bo Birgersson, it is not believed that the children witnessed the beating, as it took place in a separate part of the apartment.

“With the exception of the youngest child, but it is too young to have understood anything of what has happened, “ Birgersson told Kvällsposten.

Birgersson also confirmed that the woman had filed for a divorce twice in the last few years but later retracted the petition and moved back in with the 42-year-old.

“If it is true that she changed her mind it is hard to see how that could be the motive,” said Birgersson to the paper.

The man has given a statement to the police about how the woman died, but it doesn’t completely correspond to the woman’s injuries and some of the police’s findings in the flat.

“We haven’t confronted him about that yet and we can therefore not go into any details,” said Birgersson to the paper.

After a hearing on Friday that lasted all but ten minutes the court decided to remand the man into custody under suspicion of murder.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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