Thomas Quick in the court room. Photo: Claus Gertsen/Scanpix.

Quick Gets Retrial

Updated 12:31

A Swedish Appeals Court decided Thursday to grant Thomas Quick, previously sentenced for 8 murders in Sweden, a new trial for one of his convictions.

Israeli tourist Yenon Levi was found dead on a forest road in the county of Dalarna in 1988. Quick confessed the murder but is now saying that the confession was given under the influence of heavy medication, classed as narcotics. According to his lawyer, Thomas Olsson the District Court had not at the time of the trial been made aware that there was forensic evidence implying the confession was false.

Thomas Quick has received six sentences by the Swedish court for eight murders. But during interrogations he has confessed to 20 murders, committed in Sweden, Norway and Finland.

The Svea Appeals Court concludes that the evidence that Quick has raised in the case of the Yenon Levi murder is such that a new trial should be allowed. Quick has previously said that he will demand a retrial for all the murders he’s been sentenced for.

Quick's lawyer, Thomas Olsson is pleased with Thursday's result and says that more requests for retrials are on the cards.

"Number two is more or less ready and is in regards to the murder of Therese Johannesen", said Olsson to Swedish news agency TT.

Quick was sentenced for the murder in 1988 of the 9 year old Norwegian girl 10 years later but the girl's body was never found.

Thomas Olsson thinks that Thursday's decision may be the first step in exonerating Thomas Quick.

"This might be the biggest legal scandal in history. I am happy to be part of a process that may increase trust in the Swedish judicial system by showing that mistakes will be questioned and rectified," he said to TT.

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