Swedish: Swedish Court Sentences Five Teens in Tragic Taxi Driver Murder Case
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a recent verdict, a Swedish court has sentenced four teenage brothers and a 15-year-old girl for their involvement in the murder of a 26-year-old taxi driver.
The victim, previously accused of rape by the 15-year-old girl a month before his tragic death, was lured to a secluded area under the pretext of a meeting. There, he was overpowered, robbed, and hanged by the girl’s boyfriend and his brothers in March.
President Lars Holmgard of the Uppsala District Court delivered the judgment, highlighting that the victim had been lured with the promise of sexual favors due to the earlier allegations made by the girl. The assailants, including the 18-year-old boyfriend, received varying sentences, with the oldest brother receiving a life sentence, and two younger brothers sentenced to four years each in juvenile detention. The youngest brother and his girlfriend, both 15 at the time of the crime, received three and a half years of juvenile detention each for their complicity.
Although all five teenagers denied involvement, the court convicted them on circumstantial evidence put forward by prosecutors.
Evidence, including messages between the teenagers, was presented by the prosecution as proof of a murder plot.
On 20 March, four days before the victim disappeared, the girl wrote to a friend, “His brothers are going to meet my rapist.”
One of the brothers wrote, “We should do Friday [the day of the murder],” to which another brother replied, “OK.”
After the murder, one of the brothers used the victim’s mobile phone to transfer money from his bank account.
The girl denied knowing that the brothers intended to kill the man, saying she had only thought they would beat him up.
But Holmgard ruled that the brothers had planned to murder the man at least from the time that they bought the rope found where he died.
“The plan must have been for [the victim] to be hanged from the rope, in our opinion,” he said.