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Online threats against teen cat killer

The 16-year-old who admitted to torturing and killing cats in Gothenburg is being hounded on the internet, with threats directed at the teenager and his family on forums like Flashback, which was also instrumental in the police investigation.

Online threats against teen cat killer

Newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) reported that several hateful and threatening remarks have been posted on Flashback and other social media sites.

“Expect a visit BASTARD!” and “I hope he will suffer a lot until the day he ends up in hell” were among the comments on the Flashback thread, which were subsequently erased on Saturday.

Another online commenter asked if one would be convicted over incitement for writing “Authentic images of [the suspect] with a ripped-open stomach wanted: 150k”.

The 16-year-old was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of killing nine pet cats in the Gothenburg area. He admitted to the crimes during questioning.

As police had suspected, the teenager lived in the residential area where the cat killings occurred. Some cats had their stomachs ripped open and one was found hanging from a tree.

The 16-year-old is suspected of animal cruelty stretching back as far as November 2011, and which was carried out up until as recently as Wednesday when a cat was found dead outside its owner’s home.

A cat was also found dead behind a grocery store in the Gothenburg area as far back as 2008, but no arrests were made then.

The 16-year-old’s lawyer Göran Franzén told DN that he was unaware of the online threats directed at his client.

“This is news to me and I spoke to both him and his relatives as late as Friday evening and it was not mentioned then,” said Franzén.

The police investigating the pet killings received help from a group of cat lovers who organized themselves after meeting online on the Flashback forum.

According to information provided by the group, two cats were also found dead in 2009 and 2010, about a year before the time period covered by the preliminary investigation.

The 16-year-old has no criminal record. Due to his young age he was not detained but was taken into care at a youth home.

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STOCKHOLM

Shopkeeper jailed for ‘torture’ of three teens

A Stockholm shopkeeper has been jailed for two years for locking up three teenage boys in his store's cellar for ten hours, where he mimicked aspects of water boarding on one of them.

The shopkeeper, who was armed with a drill and knives, suspected that the teens were behind two previous break-ins at the store in Årsta, southern Stockholm.

When the trio was in the man’s shop in late January, the shopkeeper managed to capture and detain the teens with the help of three other men. He then took them to the cellar of the shop, where he kept them for ten hours as he tried to force a confession from them.

The boys, aged 14, 15, and 16, feared for their lives during the ordeal. One of them reported that the shopkeeper placed a wet towel over his face and poured a bucket of water over his head.

The court considered the abuse was “close to pure torture”, according to the Mitti newspaper.

On Monday, the shopkeeper was sentenced to two years in prison for kidnapping, aggravated coercion, robbery, and abuse. One of the man’s accomplices was also sentenced to two years and four months, while a third was sentenced to community service. The fourth suspect is awaiting a the verdict of a psychiatric evaluation before he is sentenced.

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