Halloween Hitler costume man freed of racial hatred
A 24-year-old man who went on trial for hate crimes because he dressed up as Hitler at a Halloween fancy dress party was acquitted today of incitement to racial hatred.
Police in Jönköping were contacted on 3rd November by pub guests at a fancy dress party who were offended by the man's costume. He admitted that earlier in the evening he had worn a swastika on an armband but denied incitement to racial hatred.
The district court in Jönköping today cleared the 24-year-old of suspicion of incitement to racial hatred. According to the judgment, it all began when the man and his group of friends drew lots to find out who they would dress up as for the Halloween party.
The man drew the lot to dress up as a Nazi. The court said that it did not believe the man had any influence on the role he was assigned and that he had not intended to offend people by wearing a swastika
It also emerged at the trial that the friends did not have Nazi sympathies.
However, the 24-year-old was convicted of a weapons crime after police found a shotgun and stun gun at his home. He was ordered to pay SEK 2500 in fines.