- Sophie Johansson, 19, was assaulted in a nighclub in Malmo, Sweden
- Unknown man grabbed her between the legs, so she pushed him away
- The man then punched her and later hit her over the head with a bottle
- Malmo police has shelved the investigation due to lack of evidence
- Police are now appealing for witnesses in order to reopen the case
By – Sara Malm
A teenager has told how a man smashed a bottle over her head in a nightclub in Malmo, Sweden, after he sexually assaulted her and she pushed him away.
Sophie Johansson, 19, told Swedish media that she had never met the man before, and that she suddenly felt his hands on her bottom and between her legs on the dancefloor.
She says she hit him in order to get him to stop, to which he responded by punching her in the face and then hitting her with a glass bottle.
Shocking images shared on social media show her face and body covered in blood after the late-night attack this weekend.
Miss Johansson says she had been enjoying her evening at Babel night club on Saturday when she felt a tug on her handbag and turned around to face a man she did not recognise.
‘I turned around and then I felt his hand on my bottom and between my legs,’ she told Aftonbladet.
After rebuking the man, whom she describes as 5ft 10in in his mid-20s with dark hair, he punched her in the face with a closed fist.
Saying she did not want to escalate the situation, Miss Johansson and her friend moved to leave the club, at which point the man hit her with a bottle on the left side of her head, breaking it.
‘I thought it was liquid from the bottle [on my face], but then my friend said there was blood pouring down. I was in shock,’ she told the paper.
Miss Johansson was rushed to hospital where she was treated for several cuts on her head, some which required stitches, and a police report was filed on aggravated assault and causing actual bodily harm.
Nils Norling, Malmo Police spokesperson told Aftonbladet: ‘We hope that someone has seen something, seen the incident. If so, we will open up the investigation again,’ says
Babel nightclub has published a statement on their Facebook where they say they have handed over all available material to police and urge witnesses to contact authorities.
This is not the first time the night club has been the scene of a serious incident, as it was bombed just months ago by unknown attackers.
Witnesses say they saw a man drive away on a moped shortly before a ‘powerful’ explosion blew the doors off the club on November 3, 2017.
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