An 18-year-old Somali immigrant to Sweden who violently raped a 12-year-old girl has been punished with a mere 180 hours of community service.
The teen, identified as Mohamud, was 17 years old at the time of the rape and reportedly lured the girl into his home by telling her that he had embarrassing photos of her that he would release if she didn’t follow him.
Once inside the house, the boy jumped the girl and began raping her while chanting “black c*** is expensive.”
Once the girl was in his home, Mohamud violently raped the preteen, tearing her jacket off and holding her to the ground while repeatedly striking her face.
Mohamud then forced the girl to perform oral sex on him, while repeatedly taunting her sexually. When the girl returned home, she was covered with blood and bruises.
Mohamud tried to claim he had been in a three-month romantic relationship with the girl, and that she had claimed to be 16 years old, and that he therefore had only committed the lesser offense of sexually exploiting a minor (Sweden’s age of consent is 15). The girl denied ever dating Mohamud and the court dismissed his defense as not credible, finding that he fully understood the girl had not consented and was under 15 years of age. He was convicted June 24.
According to the Swedish Surveyor, a Swedish judge sentenced Mohamud to 180 hours of community service for the crime, Mad World News reported.
Even in famously lenient Sweden, the punishment for rape is supposed to be between a minimum of two years and a maximum of six (the maximum is bumped up to ten years for aggravated rape). Mohamud, though, will spend no time in prison. Instead, the court used its power to impose non-prison punishments and sentenced him to 180 hours of supervised community service, the equivalent of about 22 days of unpaid work. He will also have to pay his victim damages of about $15,000 for physical and psychological suffering.
The court justified Mohamud’s light punishment by noting that he was 17 years old at the time, had no prior convictions, and had “some trouble with anxiety and sleep problems” for which he took medication. Based on this, the court ruled him fit for community service rather than prison.
While the court’s judgment would almost certainly appall Americans, it was not considered unusual even by Mohamud’s prosecutor, Christina Edlund Nilsson.
“There is nothing shocking or surprising [about this],” Nilsson told the Fria Tider, a Swedish newspaper. She said the ruling reflected precedent for how the country treats juvenile offenders.
Punishments that are shockingly lenient by American standards are a modern Scandinavian tradition. Even Anders Breivik, the Norwegian who butchered 77 people in a bombing and shooting spree in 2011, received a maximum sentence of 21 years, and will be eligible for parole after a mere 10.