The young men now judged responsible for the crime are migrants from
North Africa, and in common with many arriving in Europe hoping to claim
asylum arrived without paperwork. After they were arrested by police
following the rape, the men claimed to be between 13 and 16 years old,
guaranteeing minimal sentencing. In the event while the judge told the
defendants he didn’t believe they were that young, it was impossible to
prove either way. Swedish media is reporting they are believed to be
between 15 and 18 years old.
Of the three men charged, two denied raping the woman, protestations
which were disproved by the court with police evidence. A third admitted
to sleeping with her, but insisted the act was consensual, and that he
had met her while walking home from mosque. Because of their ages, two
of those responsible were sentenced to six months in juvenile detention
each, reports TheLocal.se. The third received nine months – a total of less than two years between them for a brutal beating and degrading gang rape.
.....Reporting of the incident has been very careful in Sweden, where media
outlets wilfully self-censor to prevent migrants being presented in a
bad light. In Aftonbladet, Sweden’s best selling daily, the migrant origin of the rapists was only mentioned in the 14th paragraph of their report yesterday."