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More signs that Swedes have, at best, a haphazard justice system.


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Västmanland is a Swedish inland province roughly on a latitude with the capital city Stockholm and part of the so-called 'whining belt'. Västerås is the largest city in the province, with a population of 130,000. Västerås is also home to the district court.

TR B 926-14

The Swedish jurist site 'Dagens Juridik' ('Today's Justice') recently published a report on a case there, a case that's so far gone through the appeals court. The case number is 'TR B 926-14'.

Orderly sentenced to prison - raped patient in psychiatric emergency ward
Published 2014-07-24 09:01

An orderly who worked in a psychiatric emergency ward was sentenced by a district court for raping a patient. The orderly appealed the verdict, but the appeals court upheld the verdict.

An inebriated woman was admitted to a psychiatric emergency ward one evening in February, after being diagnosed as suicide-prone. During the evening the woman had the company of a male orderly to go out to smoke. The orderly was alleged to have then forced the woman to perform oral sex on him.

But right after the incident, the woman was diagnosed as 'no risk' and released from the hospital. The woman was taken home in a taxi. Whilst in the taxi, the woman coughed up saliva which she smeared onto her jacket to establish evidence.

The jacket was analysed and the saliva was shown to contain sperm, but tests were not able to find DNA.

The orderly, 52 years old, was indicted for rape and has consistently pleaded his innocence.

The district court ruled that the testimony of the woman was consistent and detailed. Her testimony, according to the court, was supported by the lab tests on her jacket and by the testimony of two people who spoke with the woman shortly after the incident.

And the taxi driver also supported the woman's testimony.

The lab results could not bind the orderly to the crime because DNA was not available, but the court ruled that the testimony of the woman was sufficient. The orderly was found guilty of rape.

The court stated that the crime was carried out by a person whose duty was to support a woman in a vulnerable situation. The woman had been in an emergency situation when she arrived at the clinic; the court therefore decided on a sentence exceeding the customary two years prison.

The orderly was sentenced to two and one half years prison and to pay the woman £10,000 in damages.

The orderly appealed the district court verdict but the appeals court upheld the district court verdict.

Mickey Investigates

Reader 'Musse' (Swedish for the first name of Mickey Mouse) commented sarcastically four days later.

'If you don't believe her then you can ask those three people, cos she told them! And the orderly would of course have told at least four people if he hadn't raped her, as then there would have been much stronger evidence for his version!'

Musse went out and got a copy of the verdict ('TR B 926-14') and then returned to the comments section.

No, I find no further hidden evidence in the verdict. (Västmanlands TR B 926-14, the appeals court revealed no more about the evidence than that they agreed with the district court.)

The woman was at the psychiatric emergency reception, and this is where she met the orderly. She went outdoors to smoke three times, the first two times were found on CCTV footage. The third time, for reasons unknown, she hid with the orderly behind a plank or alternately, according to the orderly, was there alone whilst he worked in the reception.

She was released shortly thereafter and sat with the orderly outdoors where they drank coffee as they waited for her taxi. When the orderly goes back inside, she rings a friend and talks of some form of sexual contact which this friend interpreted as unwelcome. She then rings her boyfriend and tells him she was forced to suck off an orderly to be released from the clinic. The boyfriend rings the police. In the taxi on her way home to her boyfriend, she tells the driver that she was forced into oral sex. So this is what's in the article: 'if you don't believe her then you can ask someone she's talked to'.

But there still might be secret information here, some sort of 'relevant evidence'. The district court ruled that the lab not finding DNA was 'strong evidence of a sexual attack as described by the complainant'. (Yeah!)

So actually no illusory evidence is needed because the lack of evidence is deemed as further proof that things are as alleged.

Swedish courts... One must often both laugh and cry.

I'm so sick of it all. Will it never end? At any rate I want to say the other girl's just as much to blame.
 - Anna Ardin

Apparently Swedish laws are unique. If you have a penis you're half a rapist before you even get through customs.
 - Scott Adams

If I am able to reveal what I know, everyone will realise this is all a charade. If I could tell the British courts, I suspect it would make extradition a moot point.
 - Björn Hurtig

I can tell you that the Swedish prosecution still hasn't provided copies of those SMS texts that have been referred to. Those texts are some of the most powerful exculpatory evidence. In Australia prosecutors have a very grave duty to disclose such evidence to courts when seeking the grave exercise of a court's power against an individual. Yet in Sweden in this case, in the first hearings to obtain an arrest warrant, those texts were not submitted to the Swedish court, which is highly improper.
 - James Catlin

The prosecutor could achieve this broadening of the law during Assange's trial so he can be convicted of a crime that didn't exist at the time he allegedly committed it. She would need to. There is no precedent for this. The Swedes are making it up as they go along.
 - James Catlin

Julian Assange will surely learn that considering what WikiLeaks has published, he's got a few enemies in the Pentagon, the CIA, and the White House. Sweden began an investigation into rape which was later dismissed. Assange was even denied residence in Sweden. One can only speculate to what extent the security agencies of the US were involved. And considering the obvious interest of the US to silence WikiLeaks, is it likely Assange will have an accident of the 'Boston brakes' kind in the coming years? Or will he be snared with compromising information of the 'honey trap' kind?
 - 'Drozd' at Flashback 23 October 2010

The truth will out, the truth wins out. Let no journalist ever again speculate into what the protocols say. Six months of digging and the people at Flashback have the actual documents. The sleaze printed by rags such as the Daily Mail, Sweden's Aftonbladet and Expressen, and perhaps above all the toxic Nick Davies of the Guardian, can stand no more. Yet more: these documents are an indictment of the 'news organisations' who've printed deliberate inaccuracies all along or even worse: refused to print anything at all. Nick Davies' account of the protocols was maliciously skewed; both Aftonbladet and Expressen had copies early on and printed nothing. Bloggers had copies but arrogantly kept the information to their Smeagol selves.
 - The Assange Police Protocol: Translator's Note

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