Sweden: Trial begins for Somali citizen accused of attempted rape of woman in her 70s

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The trial has begun for a 23-year-old Somali migrant who is accused of attempting to rape a woman in her 70s in Sweden on the day after Christmas in 2019.

The attempted rape occurred in Swedish city of Sölvesborg near the city’s castle, according to Swedish news outlet Nyheter Idag. The man is accused of grabbing the woman’s arms and holding his hand over her mouth. He allegedly hit her in the fact until she was bleeding and pulled her down to the ground. The man is also said to have told the woman, “I will f**k you,” and threatened to throw her in the water if she screamed.

The migrant has Somali citizenship but has also earned Swedish citizenship, making him ineligible for deportation.

The indictment in the case claims the man “showed particular ruthlessness and threats of violence against the older and physically weaker woman.”

People passing by in the area alerted the police and then the man fled. He was arrested three days later.

The man denies committing the crime.

This month, the Swedish government was accused of ignoring the link between migration and rising crime rates, including crimes linked to sexual violence.

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