BOY SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS FOR GIRL MURDER
A 16-year-old boy was sentenced Tuesday to three years of ungdomsvård
[secure youth social services] for the murder of his peers girlfriend. The judgment is much harsher compared to the two 16-year-olds who were convicted of murder in Stureby case.
The 16-year-old boy was convicted of the May killing his peers girlfriend in Raby Forest in Västerås. Västmanland district court decided that he intentionally killed the girl using excessive force against the girl's neck, head and upper body.
The court found no reason to judge the act as something other than murder.
The punishment of three years secure youth are much more stringent than in the Stureby case where two 16 year olds, a boy and a girl, were sentenced by the Court of Appeal to secure youth for one year and eight months for murder.
In both cases the courts found that the criminality of the offense had been ten years in prison if the offender were an adult. Although there were different judges.
For persons under age 21 who have committed crimes, a discount is always given in sentencing. The lower the age, the shorter sentence.
Alderman Hans-Åke Nygren at Västmanland district court said that the penalty for 16-year-old in Vasteras case almost entirely relates to the murder and not the other two crimes, coercion and abuse of judicial procedure, which he also was convicted of.
"It's murder which prevailed. We started with what an adult would have received, and found that three years is appropriate."
Hans-Åke Nygren believes that the distinction between the two judges because the sentencing range was amended on 1 July 2009. Previously, the penalty for murder ten years or life imprisonment. From 1 July 2009 provided the courts to impose longer sentences than ten years in prison.
"The amendment may be fairly important in determining the length of the closed juvenile. The change has provided scope for greater variations", says Nygren.
Josef Zila, a professor of criminal law at the University of Örebro, is not surprised by Tuesday's judgment.
"The penalty is not surprising. The other crimes such as 16-year-old was sentenced to be alone does not lead to imprisonment, but with the murder of perhaps a few months", he says.
The 16-year-old thought last spring that his girlfriend was pregnant. She refused an abortion and so did the boy in despair.
In early May, the boy decided to confront the girl to discuss her pregnancy and during the conversation was light physical altercation. The boy says he took the girl by the throat and pushed her, but he then does not remember anything more.