Family tried to kill boyfriend – suspected honour crime
On 13th August the man's car was parked at the railway station in Osby. The accused punctured three of the four tyres and smashed the windscreen.
”I never thought that my girlfriend's brothers would stab me”The man at the emergency unit
They made their attack at about 10 pm. The man had just got into his car when the door was wrenched open. He received serious stab wounds in his left leg, but he managed to close the door.
The family that has been charged
A 17-year-old male: Charged with attempted murder. Arrested on 13th August, the day the crime was committed.Has been held in custody since 17th August. Denies the crime.
A 20-year-old male: Charged with aiding and abetting in an attempted murder. Arrested on 22nd September, has been held in custody since 25th September. Denies the crime.
A 58-year-old woman: Charged with inciting an attempted murder.Arrested on 1st October, released the following day. Denies the crime.
A passer-by heard the man's cries for help, and found him injured. The man lost a lot of blood.
– He's going to die, the person told SOS Alarm.
The prosecutor maintains that he survived purely by chance.
– I never thought that my girlfriend's brothers would stab me, he told staff at the emergency unit.
He had met his girlfriend at work. They had been together for six months.
– They don't like the idea of my being with their daughter, or how should I put it, the family doesn't approve of it. It's got something to do with their religion, I suppose, the victim said in a preliminary hearing with the police.
Two men, 17 and 20, have been charged. They are being held in custody. A 58-year-old woman has also been charged. All three deny the charges.
On 1st July a law was introduced to tighten up the punishment for honour crimes. That is, if the motive for the crime was to preserve or restore the honour of a person, a family or another similar group.
The court must take the honour aspect into account when deciding on a punishment.