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Honour crime: 18-year-old sentenced to two years in youth custody for attempted murder

An 18-year-old tried to murder a man in a car in Osby. The 18-year-old has been sentenced to two years in a young offenders’ institution. The District Court believes that there was an honour-related motive – the victim was in a relationship with the 18-year-old's older sister. A 20-year-old has been sentenced to six years in prison for aiding and abetting attempted murder.
Osby • Publicerad 15 april 2021 • Uppdaterad 26 april 2021
The perpetrators had punctured three tires on the car, and destroyed the windshield; all so that the 39-year-old could not escape.
The perpetrators had punctured three tires on the car, and destroyed the windshield; all so that the 39-year-old could not escape.Foto: Privat

The prosecutor also wanted the 18-year-old's mother to be convicted of a crime (incitement to attempted murder), but the District Court considers there to be insufficient evidence. As a result, she is completely free of involvement in the attack in Osby on 13th August 2020.

”At the trial, it emerged that the family did not accept that the older sister was in a relationship with a Swedish man”

If the 18-year-old had been older, he would have been sentenced to nine years in prison. At the time of the incident, he was barely 17.5 years old. Therefore, the punishment is a young offenders’ institution.

Both he and the 20-year-old deny committing the crime. They say they were not in the vicinity of where the attack took place.

Facts

Honour crimes

On 1st July 2020 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.

But Hässleholm District Court believes that the victim, a 39-year-old man, has a credible story. He has identified the now convicted men.

There was also clear evidence, including cigarette butts with DNA traces from the 18-year-old and blood from the victim in the 20-year-old's car. The car was used by the perpetrators to escape from the scene.

At the trial, it emerged that the family did not accept that the older sister was in a relationship with a Swedish man. The older sister and the 39-year-old have now broken up.

He still has severe anxiety; he could have died if he had not received immediate care after the attack.

The 18-year-old and the 20-year-old must pay damages of 195,000 crowns to him.

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