Detention hearing for teen murder suspects

Prosecutors want a Stockholm-area court to have two 16-year-olds suspected in the weekend murder of a teenage girl in Stureby south of the city remanded in custody.

Public prosecutor Karolina Lindekrantz wants the Södertörns District Court to order the boy held on suspicion of murder and the girl held on suspicions of incitement with an alternative charge of complicity to commit murder.

“The suspicions against them have grown stronger following an interrogation with the 16-year-old boy last night,” Lindekrantz told the TT news agency.

If the court issues a remand order for the two teens, they will be moved from their holding cell in Västberga south of Stockholm to a detention centre in Flemingsberg.

“Assuming women can be held there, otherwise it will be Kronoberg [detention centre],” said Lindekrantz.

The prosecutor admitted that the two 16-year-olds are rather young to be detained.

“Normally you can let suspects this young be taken in custody according to LVU,” said Lindekrantz, refering to the abbreviation used for Sweden’s law on care of young people ( Lagen om vård av unga).

“But in this case that type of solution doesn’t offer sufficient restrictions.”

A group of police from Stockholm’s southern district continue to interview a number of young people who were present near the festival grounds where the badly injured body of the 16-year-old girl was found on Sunday morning.

Lindekrantz said the boy was cooperative during his interrogation but she wouldn’t say whether or not he had confessed.

When asked to confirm reports that the boy claims to be innocent, the suspected 16-year-old’s new attorney, Claes Borgström, refused to comment.

“It could be interpreted that way,” Borgström told TT.

The teenage victim was attending a party near where she was found by two friends shortly before 1am on Sunday morning.

Seriously wounded at the time, the girl was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries.

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.