Swedish girl, 16, and brothers ‘lured taxi driver, 26, into the woods before hanging him in revenge for raping her’

Swedish girl, 16, and brothers ‘lured taxi driver, 26, into the woods before hanging him in revenge for raping her’

  • Five young people, aged between 16 to 18, deny murder in Sweden
  • Teenage girl admitted luring taxi driver into the forest to have him beaten up

A Swedish girl and her brothers have been accused of luring a taxi driver into a secluded forest and killing him by hanging in revenge for him allegedly raping her. 

Five teenagers, aged between 16 to 18, are on trial in Sweden’s Uppsala District Court accused of murdering a 26-year-old taxi driver.

The four brothers deny all charges against them, but the girl admitted that she lured him to the secluded area, thinking he would be beaten up. 

The girl, 16, allegedly texted the taxi driver, who has not yet been named, asking him to meet her with a bottle of vodka in a car park near the Hjälstavikens nature reserve in southeast Sweden, about 37 miles from Stockholm, in March of this year.

After the pair met, the four brothers allegedly then strangled the man and hanged him with a noose made up of rope that they brought with them, Swedish newspaper Fria Tider reported.

Prosecutors said that this likely would’ve led to him severely suffering in his final moments alive. 

The taxi driver was lured to a carpark near the Hjälstavikens nature reserve in southeast Sweden

Several search parties were sent out to find the taxi driver, who was only found after several weeks after his car was found hidden in a nearby snowdrift. 

Local police said they found the defendants’ DNA both in the murdered man’s car and on the rope used to hang him. 

On top of this, records revealed they had transferred money from his bank accounts to their own. 

Cops also allegedly found some of his belongings in their home, the Swedish publication reported.

Prosecutors said that the main motive for the alleged murder was revenge, as the girl had made a report about the driver allegedly raping her in February 2022 that was not followed up on.

The brothers reportedly told several of their friends that they would be killing a rapist, and told them that they had done so after the deed was done. 

Andreas Pallinder, head of investigations at the Uppsala police at a press conference, admitted that his force should’ve taken her rape report seriously. 

‘If you take it to its extreme, theoretically we could have prevented a murder,’ he said. 

Prosecutors also believed that there may have been a financial motive to the killing, as his money and belongings were missing from his person. This line of inquiry was later dropped as it was judged to be vague. 

Ebru Tok, a lawyer representing the murdered man’s family, previously said: ‘The family is in great sadness and shocked by the unique situation of such young people being suspected of the murder. 

‘They hope that the preliminary investigation will clarify the circumstances of the case.’

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