The man was convicted of a relatively new classification of crime “grievous assault” (‘synnerligen grov misshandel’) in part because the 19-year-old victim’s injuries will be permanent.
According to the court, the victim was subject to “exceptional suffering” and the 23-year-old “displayed extraordinary recklessness” when carrying out the crime.
The other teens, aged 16 and 18, who were charged as accomplices in the attack were acquitted.
They both claimed that they tried to stop the attacker and that it was only by mere coincidence that they happened to run into the drugged up and “crazy” 23-year-old.
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 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 and was forced to reveal the pin code to his bank card, at which point the 23-year-old withdrew money from his account.
Unsatisfied with the haul, he then stole the man’s jacket and shoes, dragged him into the woods and lit him on fire.
The man managed to escape and alerted authorities, but sustained serious burns to his back, neck and scalp, arm and side.
Evidence from surveillance cameras at the Nordea bank reveal that the two teen accomplices didn’t comply with the wishes of the 23-year-old who led the attack.
The court also based its ruling on the fact that a pair of jeans with the 19-year-old victim’s blood was found at the 23-year-old’s home.
The 23-year-old had previously been convicted of minor drugs offences in 2010 and on June 14th of this year he was put on probation following another assualt.
The man has lived with a false identity in Sweden and first claimed he was 19-years-old.
The court sentenced him to five years and nine months in prison. After he serves he sentence, he will be deported from Sweden.