Youth violence in Sweden: The Rödeby shooting case

Youth violence in Sweden
The Rödeby shooting case

Rödeby, Blekinge, Sweden: Teenager who terrorised family shot dead
In the early hours of Saturday morning, October 6, 2007, a 15-year-old boy was shot dead and his 16-year-old friend was seriously injured in the small town of Rödeby in southern Sweden.
A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

According to the statement released to the press, the family have been threatened and harassed by the same gang of youngsters for more than two years.

That same evening in Stockholm, a 16-year-old boy, Riccardo Campogiani, was beaten and kicked to death by other youngsters. Four teenagers have been prosecuted and sentenced for the crime.

On October 10, two teenage boys aged 15 and 16 years, were formally charged for torturing and killing a handicapped 55-year-old man. A third teenager, 15 years of age, has been charged with grievous bodily harm. According to the police investigations the boys broke into the man's apartment on three different occasions to beat him with a baseball bat and knuckle-dusters. Their first attack took place in the afternoon and the second was in the evening after they had eaten dinner. During the night they chatted on the Internet and decided that they would go back a third time to finish him off. The man was dying at the time and they cut him several times with a knife and poured salt in his wounds.


Voices are now being raised condemning parents' reluctance (read: fear) to set limits for their children, the indifference of the police and the social services towards young offenders and the complete disrespect that the youngsters show for other people, whether they be children or adults.


Welfare board 'broke the law' prior to Rödeby shooting

The social welfare board in Karlskrona in southern Sweden was too passive in its relationship with the 17-year-old boy who survived the Rödeby shooting drama last autumn.
TT/The Local - 4 June 2008

Getting away with murder? Papers debate Rödeby verdict

James Savage looks how Sweden's papers reacted to a controversial acquittal in the case of a man who shot a teenage boy dead in southern Sweden last year.
Analysis & Opinion: 9 May 2008

Rödeby murder suspect acquitted

The Blekinge District Court has acquitted a 50-year-old man of charges of murder and attempted murder of two teenage boys in Rödeby in southern Sweden.
TT/The Local - 7 May 2008

Community service for moped teens

Four boys have been sentenced to community service for their part in the events that led to the shooting death in southern Sweden of a 15-year-old boy.
TT/The Local - 25 April 2008

Suspect released as verdict looms

The father accused of fatally shooting a teenager in Rödeby last autumn was released from custody on Wednesday afternoon as the court deliberates his fate.

TT/The Local - 23 April 2008

Rödeby murder suspect ruled mentally ill

The 50-year-old man suspected of murder and attempted murder in the Rödeby shooting drama suffers from a serious mental disorder, according to the National Board of Health and Welfare.

TT/The Local - 17 Apr 2008

Police criticized in Rödeby case

Karlskrona's social services department has wiped its hands of responsibility for the events that led to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy in Rödeby last year.
TT/The Local - 25 Feb 2008


Moped gang goes to court

Five youths have been indicted on trespassing charges in connection with the emotive Rödeby shooting in southern Sweden.

TT/The Local - 15 Feb 2008

Police guard teen murder trial

Police assembled in Karlskrona on Wednesday to guard the trial of a 50-year-old man charged with the murder of a 15-year-old boy.

TT/The Local - 9 Jan 2008

Man indicted for killing teenager

A father claiming to be protecting his family is indicted for murder for the death of a 15-year old boy.

TT/The Local - 4 Jan 2008


'Police could have prevented teen shooting'

Police in the Blekinge region have been reported to the Justice Ombudsman for failing to do enough to hinder the killing of a 15-year-old boy in southern Sweden.

TT/The Local - 11 Oct 2007


Murder suspect's family speak out

The family of a 50-year-old man suspected of the murder at the weekend of a 15-year-old boy give their version of events.
TT/The Local - 8 Oct 2007

Teenage boy shot dead

A 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of having shot and killed a 15-year-old boy in a small town in southern Sweden in the early hours of Saturday morning.
TT/The Local - 6 Oct 2007




Youth violence in Sweden: The Riccardo Campogiani Case


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By Olle Castelius

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