Inmate gets life for fatal prison guard beating

The 28-year-old inmate who beat a female prison guard to death at a remand centre south of Stockhlom in October was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Inmate gets life for fatal prison guard beating
Karen Gebreab Memorial Fund; Polisen

Prison guard Karen Gebreab, 24, was brutally assaulted by inmate Erik Ljungström as he was being escorted from his cell in the Flemingsberg remand centre on the morning of October 3rd.

Ljungström pummeled the 159 centimetre (5 ft. 3 in.) Gebreab with his fists and a baton he had wrestled away from another guard.

Prosecutor Mark Hankkio had argued that the murder warranted a lifetime prison sentence due to the brutality, cruelty and bestiality displayed by Ljungström.

He also referenced the duration of the assault and the suffering Gebreab must have experienced throughout the fatal beating.

Prior to the trial, Hankkio called the killing “an execution, plain and simple”.

According to the Södertalje District Court, Ljungström’s attack was of such a vicious and reckless nature that there was no other option other than a life in prison.

Ljungström’s nevertheless wanted a fixed prison sentence, although he refused to say during questioning by police or during his trial why he attacked Gebreab.

His motive, if there is one, remains unknown.

Ljungströ, was convicted on all nine counts included in his indictment, some of which stemmed from a previous assault on a prison guard in August.

The other charges included a previous murder attempt, arson, and other minor offences.

Ljungström will also have to pay 75,000 kronor ($10,800) in compensation to Gebreab’s mother, while her siblings are to receive 88,835 kronor and 50,000 kronor respectively.

The other guard, who tried to aid Gebreab and who had her baton taken from her, is to receive 67,600 kronor.

An internal investigation carried out by Sweden’s Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården) has uncovered a number of failings in connection with the incident.

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Bayern Munich footballer under investigation for assault

Bayern Munich and former German national team football star Jerome Boateng, 31, has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking his former partner, German prosecutors confirmed Tuesday.

Bayern Munich footballer under investigation for assault
Jerome Boateng earlier this year. Photo: DPA

“The Munich prosecutor's office has had proceedings open against Jerome Boateng for dangerous assault since autumn 2018.

Following extensive investigations, charges were brought on February 11th, 2019,” chief prosecutor Anne Leiding told AFP-subsidiary SID, confirming reports in German media outlets Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and WDR.

Leiding added that the court was yet to open the case, but had accepted an accessory prosecution from the alleged victim, named only as 'S.'.

According to the SZ and WDR reports, 'S.' is Boateng's former partner of 10 years and the mother of two of his three children.

Prosecutors also confirmed that Boateng was the subject of a separate police investigation into assault.

Former Germany central defender Boateng is one of the country's most successful players, having won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 and the Champions League with Bayern in 2013.

His career has declined in recent months, after he was dropped from the national squad earlier this year.

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Boateng's relationship with his club has also suffered after he slipped down the defensive pecking order at German league champions Bayern.

In May, club president Uli Hoeness advised the 31-year-old to “find a new club”, but a mooted transfer to Italian giants Juventus fell through at the last minute on the final day of the European transfer window on Monday