The victim of the assault, a 19-year-old man from Jordbro, south of Stockholm, explained in police interrogations that he thought his life was over after being doused with lighter fuel and lit on fire.
“It smelled like when you light a grill,” said the victim, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.
The three attackers lit the man on fire and prevented him from extinguishing the flames by holding him in place with a foot in his back.
The incident transpired in late June after the victim had spent a night out. As he slept at a bus stop in Haninge, he was woken by a hit to the face.
Then he was subjected to 40 minutes of torture by his three attackers, who were aged 16, 18 and 23.
The trio forced the man to reveal his pin code to his bank card and then took money out of his account.
Unsatisfied with their haul, they stole the man’s jacket and shoes, then dragged him into the woods and lit him on fire. The victim explained to police that he could smell the lighter fluid as it was poured onto him.
The man managed to escape and alerted authorities, but sustained serious burns to his back, neck and scalp, arm and side.
“I thought I was going to die,” the man said in interrogation, according to the paper.
The 23-year-old who led the attack has been charged with aggravated assault and robbery. The two younger teens were charged with abetting the assault.
While the oldest of the trio blames his accomplices for the crimes, he couldn’t explain how the victim’s blood ended up on his pants.