The Court of Appeal sentences two 18-year-olds for the shooting in Gamlegården – one is acquitted

According to the Court of Appeal, the prosecutor has proven that the two 18-year-olds were the shooters, when three people were injured in August 2021. In total, they are convicted of attempted murder in nine cases when so many people were exposed to the risk of being hit by the shots.

One is freed completely

The 22-year-old, who was previously sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempted murder for having been the driver of the motorcycle that drove to the scene, is acquitted of all charges.

According to the verdict, the Court of Appeal considers that it is beyond reasonable doubt that he drove the motorcycle. Even though it was supposed to have been his motorcycle and DNA from him was found on it, it is not said that he was driving it at the time of the crime. The motorcycle has also previously been ridden by someone else. According to the Court of Appeal, even the 22-year-old’s clothing during the day of the crimes should not match the driver’s clothing.

Prison and closed youth care

The 18-year-old who was sentenced in the district court to 6 years and 11 months in prison retains his sentence. The other 18-year-old, who was 17 at the time of the district court’s decision, is sentenced to 3 years and 6 months of closed youth care.

The reason for the differences in punishment is the age of the perpetrators at the time of the crime. They would have been sentenced to life imprisonment if they had been adults at the time of the crime.

Two more people, who were convicted of suppressing evidence, retain their sentences.

One of the members of the Court of Appeal disagrees with the decisions.

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Three people had to be taken to hospital after the shooting outside Gamlegården’s center in Kristianstad on August 3, 2021. Hear the councilor tell about the motive behind the shooting in the video clip. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

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