Two 19-year-olds and a 20-year-old Muslim took a stranglehold and held the arms of a teenage girl while they raped her. Two of them are now convicted to three years prison for aggravated rape, while the third is sentenced to two years prison for the same crime.
By – Brünnhilde
The District Court rejected the prosecutor’s request for deportatation. “A victory for justice,” says spokesperson Elisabeth Massi Fritz, who will appeal the verdict.
It was in mid April that the teenage girl met for the first time with the three men at a party in an apartment in Södermalm, Stockholm. That same night they gang raped her one after the other, according to the District Court’s verdict announced last Friday.
According to the prosecutor’s description of the course of events, the men together and by mutual agreement have taken hold of the girl and held her arms while they were raping her during the night.
Early the next morning, the girl alerted her dad in sms that she had been raped. Without a jacket or shoes, she left the residence, met her dad and alerted the police. Shortly thereafter the three men were arrested.
The district court convicted the three men The court accepted the prosecutor’s line of argument and now convicted two of the men for aggravated rape to three years in prison.
The third man is sentenced to two years in prison for assisting the rape. They are sentenced to jointly pay SEK 165,000 in damages to the girl. The prosecutor demanded deportation of two of the men.
The District Court is of the opinion that the seriousness of the crime justifies deportation, but finally decided that the men must remain in Sweden. In one case, reference is made to the man’s connections in Sweden, in the second case, for humanitarian reasons.
The men are convicted despite their denial. During the trial, the men told different stories of how they had volunteered sexual contact with the girl during the evening. Elisabeth Massi Fritz, plaintiff attorney for the raped girl, believes that the convicting sentence is a “victory for justice”.
“I hope everyone is reading this judgment and realizing that the only right thing is to police report. Never give up and remember that it’s never your fault as a victim of being raped, “says Massi Fritz.
Appeal – Wants to see deportation She also announces that the court decision will be appealed. “In any event, I will appeal the penalty and the rejected deportation. Two of these guys have no Swedish citizenship and I do not think they should stay in Sweden”, says Elisabeth Massi Fritz.
Attorney Magnus Ljungstedt represents the 19-year-old who is sentenced for assisting aggravated rape. – He is convicted on very thin evidence, and in addition, for assisting the rape, which the prosecutor did not even invoke. It will, of course, be appealed, ” said the lawyer.
Attorney Daniel Svensson represents the 20-year-old. “I think the District Court took a completely wrong decision. First, it didn’t care for his story. Second, the technical evidence has been wrongly analyzed”, he says.
Perpetrator: It’s the woman’s fault During the investigation, one of the men chose to blame the girl. “NN believes that the plaintiff made a big mistake by sleeping alone with three guys in an apartment and that everything is her fault,” said one of the men in a jail survey.
Another suspect admitted that he had sex with the girl but regretted it because he had a girlfriend at the moment. “He has a good relationship with his current girlfriend and says that he feels bad about his behavior because he let his girlfriend down”, says the verdict.
Read more: From 2018/07/31