Three Swedish men jailed for life over double gang murder

By Staff and agencies in Copenhagen

A court in Denmark has jailed three Swedish men for life and two others for 20 years each over a double murder in Copenhagen, part of a running battle between rival Stockholm gangs.

The two men sentenced to 20 years were both under 18 at the time of the killings but their involvement in gang crime left them open to the highest possible sentence for minors under Danish law, said the prosecutor, Rasmus Kim Petersen.

The killers belonged to the Death Patrol gang from Rinkeby on the outskirts of Stockholm, the court in Glostrup, outside Copenhagen, said in a statement.

Their two victims, killed in a hail of bullets, on 25 June last year, belonged to the rival Shottaz gang from the same district.

When police responded to reports of the shooting, they found one of the men lying dead next to his car, having been shot 19 times. Another lay fatally wounded nearby, while a third managed to escape.

Officers “immediately determined that there were five perpetrators and that they were driving a car reported stolen a few days before”, the court said.

Four of the men were arrested soon after in Sweden, and the fifth in Denmark. They all denied they were involved and said they would appeal against the verdict.

Sweden has been hit by a wave of shootings and bombings over the past couple of years, which police have linked to gang conflicts over the illegal drugs trade. Last year there were 257 bomb attacks, a 60% increase on the previous year.