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Gothenburg man jailed over Australian’s murder

Australian nurse Kai Foley was stabbed to death in an attack in Gothenburg less than a year after moving to Sweden for love. A 28-year-old man has now been jailed for murder.

Gothenburg man jailed over Australian's murder
Kai Foley was killed in Gothenburg just a few days before Christmas. Photo: Adam Ihse/TT

Foley was found seriously injured in the Odinsplatsen square in central Gothenburg in the early hours of December 20th, as The Local reported at the time. He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Gothenburg District Court on Thursday sentenced Swedish national and Gothenburg resident Richardo Lundberg to 14 years in jail for killing the Australian in the brutal, apparently random, attack.

It is understood the pair did not know each other and the court wrote that “the attack on Kai Foley has no reasonable explanation. He evidently did not end up in an argument on the night and was not robbed”.

There were no eye witnesses who saw the specific incident, but the court wrote in the verdict, seen by The Local, that Lundberg could “be linked to the area around Odinsplatsen at the time in question. He was then armed with a knife and behaved irrationally and was under the influence of drugs.”

The court cited statements from people who interacted with Lundberg that night, one of whom said he had spoken of having stabbed someone, and mobile phone records showing he was in the area at the time.

The court also found Lundberg guilty of threatening another man in the Gothenburg area on the same night. He denied both allegations, saying he could not remember anything.

He was also ordered to pay around 240,000 kronor in damages to the victim's relatives.

Foley had a Swedish girlfriend and had moved to Gothenburg in the summer of 2017. Earlier this year his family paid tribute to a “special, beautiful, fine young man”. 

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Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden’s Easter riots

A 30-year-old man has been jailed for six months for throwing a stone at a policeman during one of the riots that swept Sweden over Easter.

Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden's Easter riots

The man was found guilty of “violent rioting” and “attempted violence against an officer” for his behaviour during a riot in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Good Friday. 

The sentence by the Solna District Court marks the first ruling connected with the unrest, which followed a series of Koran-burnings carried out by the Danish far-Right activist Rasmus Paludan. 

Although the man was found guilty of taking part in the riot, the court ruled that there was no evidence he was an organiser or instigator of the violence. 

“Many people were active and the crowd rushed back and forth for a long time. There has been no indication that [his] actions had any effect on the crowd “, the court wrote in its judgement. 

Although he threw a stone, it did no damage as the policeman managed to duck in time. 

READ ALSO: Swedish police say riots are ‘extremely serious crimes against society’

The police had requested SEK 10,000 in damages, but the court refused to award any, arguing that violence was to be expected at such a large riot. 

“This was a situation where the police had a clear reason to expect to be met by some violence, and can be assumed to have been prepared for this,” the court wrote.

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