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Four charged over 'mistaken' Malmö murder

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14:30 CET+01:00
Three women and one man were charged in Malmö for their suspected involvement in the killing of a 48-year-old man who was gunned down in broad daylight on January 3rd, apparently by mistake.

The victim, Charles Limerius, was shot dead on Kantatgatan in Malmö, just 20 metres from his front door in Malmö's Lindängen neighbourhood.

In May, police went public with the theory that Limerius wasn't the intended target for the shooting. A 54-year-old man with a lengthy criminal record lived at the same address as Limerius and could have been the person the killer had intended to shoot, according to the theory.

A 28-year-old man is charged with having carried out the murder after spending two months gathering information about the 54-year-old target.

According to the prosecutor, the 28-year-old was collecting intelligence about his intended victim's looks, place of residence and the date when he was to be released from prison on probation, after which the would-be killer purchased a semi-automatic gun with a silencer.

In January, the 28-year-old thought he saw the 54-year-old outside of his house and shot him dead, with six shots hitting the victim in the head, chest and his right leg. However, it wasn't the 54-year-old man he had shot, it was his 48-year-old neighbour Limerius who lived in the same building.

A 56-year-old woman and her 28-year-old daughter were also charged on Monday with aiding the preparation of murder. Police suspect them of having helped the man get access to information about the 54-year-old.

Earlier there were speculations that the two women ordered the killing to get revenge for the 1992 murder of the 28-year-old woman's father, but this was not mentioned on the charge sheet.

A 51-year-old woman was charged with protecting a criminal as she was aware of the plans to have the 54-year-old murdered but did nothing to alert the police, according to the prosecutor.

All of the accused deny the allegations against them.

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