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Despite murder of colleague guards still on duty alone with inmates on murder charges

Remand centre guards fear for their lives

Published lördag 9 juni 2012 kl 14.35
Flemingsberg remand centre. Jessica Gow/Scanpix.

Guards continue to work alone at four of Sweden’s five remand centres, despite the murder of a female guard near Stockholm last year.

According to a report from Svenska Dagbladet newspaper many guards believe there is a high risk of another murder taking place.

The 24-year old guard was stabbed and beaten to death at Flemingsberg remand centre in October last year, when she was guarding a 28-year-old inmate charged with attempted murder and arson.

Her attacker was sentenced to life imprisonment and was later found to be severally mentally ill at the time of the murder.

The director of the remand centre later resigned and the national work safety authority ruled that at least two guards must be on duty in the section where the murder took placed.

Since then 115 cases of threats and violence against guards have been reported around the country.

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