Court rejects transgender rape acquittal

The acquittal of a man who was charged with raping a transgender woman has been overturned after an appeals court overruled a lower court''s finding that the rape was "impossible" because the victim was still biologically a man.

Court rejects transgender rape acquittal

The 61-year-old man was “brutally violent” in the attack, which took place last summer, tearing off the victim’s pants and grabbing at her crotch

However, he was acquitted of the attempted rape charges by the Örebro District Court, which deemed the allegations to be “invalid”.

“The intended crime never had the possibility of being fulfilled,” explained Judge Dan Sjöstedt to local newspaper Nerikes Allehanda at the time of the acquittal in July.

The victim appealed the ruling, however, and on Monday, the Göta Court of Appeal convicted the 61-year-old of attempted rape, Sveriges Television (SVT) reported.

While the appeals court partially agreed with the district court’s ruling that the rape could never have been fully consummated because the victim was still physically a man, the court nevertheless found that the 61-year-old intended to carry out the rape.

Furthermore, the victim “looked like and dressed completely like a woman” and as a result, the 61-year old’s rape attempt “is worth taking seriously”.

With the conviction, the man was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay compensation of 40,000 kronor ($6,000).

“It’s a relief to get a conviction; the punishment is in line with what I had asked for,” prosecutor Eva Grandestedt told SVT.

“This ruling shows that you can convicted for attempted rape regardless of the gender identity of the victim.”

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Six arrested over break-in at Sweden’s Örebro Airport

Six people have been arrested following a break-in at Örebro Airport on Saturday night.

Six arrested over break-in at Sweden’s Örebro Airport
File photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The alarm was raised just after midnight after both security staff and members of the public observed suspicious activity at the airport, which is served regularly by charter passenger flights and is Sweden's fourth-largest hub for cargo.

“Our patrols arrived just after the suspects had climbed out of one of the aircraft, which they had broken into,” Stefan Dangardt, police press officer in the Bergslagen region, told TT.

The people, four young men and two young women, have been questioned by police. They are suspected of serious theft as well as violation of public security laws, which forbid unauthorised access to sensitive areas such as airports.

Details of what they are suspected of stealing are unclear.

“This is far from terror or sabotage. It’s about youthful stupidity,” Dangardt said.

Five of the suspects were later released and one person remained under arrest. All six remain under suspicion of breaking the law.

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