Cops slammed for death of Stockholm rape victim
The Local · 9 Oct 2013, 10:39
Published: 09 Oct 2013 10:39 GMT+02:00
However the death could have been prevented, according to an internal police report, if officers had access to better radio and telephone reception.
"There was NO 'Rakel' coverage in the garage (as soon as you go in several metres all coverage disappears," the report read, wrote the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.
Rakel coverage refers to the digital radio system used by Swedish police.
"Even mobile coverage was non-existent. Therefore, none of the calls came through, so there was a major delay before help arrived," the report continued.
Passers-by reported the rape to police as it was ongoing, however officers were unable to find the exact location in the underground garage.
It took at least seven minutes before the patrol got into contact with emergency services, according to the report, time that could have been used to potentially save the woman and catch the other suspected rapists, who fled the scene.