Sweden’s justice system is at it again.
Yesterday, National File reported on a story where a 17-year-old boy who brutally raped a 12-year-old girl avoided prison, but was sentenced to 50 hours youth service instead.
Another story documented by National File involved a rape victim facing attempted murder charges for stabbing her rapist.
This time, three young men who kidnapped and tortured a 15-year-old boy will serve no prison time–but equivalent sentences in the form of supervised community service.
The three young men, aged 17, 18, and 19 are said to have driven the 15-year-old boy against his will to a secluded woodland where they carried out the attack.
The three perpetrators then kicked the boy and stubbed lit cigarettes out on the boy’s body.
After the initial assault, the three men connected starter cables onto the boy in order to scare him.
A judge, however, didn’t view the incident as being out of the ordinary.
According to kristianstadsbladet.se:
The youngest of the perpetrators, a 17-year-old, is sentenced to illegal detention and abuse of the normal degree to youth service for 140 hours. The total penalty value is imprisonment for one year and four months, but taking into account the youth reduction only five months. However, special reasons are required for sentencing to prison since he is under 18 years of age.
One of the other men – a 19-year-old who was 18 when the incident happened in March – is convicted of unlawful detention, abuse of the normal degree and abuse of court case. The district court finds that the total penalty value of the crime amounts to one year and six months in prison. Considering the age, the penalties value amounts to imprisonment for nine months. But the district court believes that the sanction that best contributes to the man refraining from continuing crime is the supervision of community service, 200 hours. The alternative sentence is imprisonment for nine months.
The third man, an 18-year-old, is convicted of assault and unlawful detention. The district court here reason in a similar way with regard to the penalty. The total criminal value of the crime amounts to one year and four months in prison. In view of the young age, the penalties value amounts to imprisonment for eight months. He, on the other hand, is sentenced to protection supervision with community service.
None of the three young men had any priors.