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Jail for death threat to son's classmate

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Jail for death threat to son's classmate
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10:57 CEST+02:00
A Swedish court has jailed a father for three months after he threatened to strangle his son's nine-year-old class mate.

The Svea Appeals Court this week found a father guilty of making threats after he got involved in an ongoing conflict between his son Kevin and another boy at school. The father allegedly told the other boy that he would kill him if he didn't stay away from his son, and held up his hands to simulate that he would strangle him.

When the boy returned home upset, his father decided to confront the man who had made the treats. But the talk only led to Kevin's father issuing another threat - that he would break the boy's nose if he ever came close to Kevin again.

Kevin's father later allegedly told the other boy's father that he'd have to go looking for his son in Värtahamnen harbour, which led to the conflict and threats being reported to the police.

While the man denied the accusations against him, he was convicted of making illegal threats and attempting to pervert the course of justice. 

The verdict noted that the court found no reason to disbelieve the young victim's version of events.

"He describes the places in detail, speaks simply, spontaneously, and with his own words, without any tendency to exaggerate or embellish," the verdict noted of the nine-year-old's testimony.

"Neither is there any reason to distrust (the boy's father)."

The court ruled out that the boy's father could have put pressure on him to incriminate Kevin's father.

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