Somali refugee, 15, who ‘stabbed asylum worker’ pictured as he’s accused of second crime

The Somali refugee appeared in court today accused of the murder of Alexandra Mezher
The Somali refugee appeared in court today accused of the murder of Alexandra Mezher

Swedish prosecutors said in court that the boy, who was detained after Alexandra Mezher was knifed, also tried to kill another boy living at the refugee centre.

He was arrested today for both of the alleged offences.

The Gothenburg District Court announced the refugee had been arrested over the killing of Ms Mezher and the attempted murder of a second person at the centre.

Prosecutor Linda Wiking said: “The incident occurred shortly after the woman was attacked. The boy was not injured, but I can’t say more about the incident.”

According to the arrest request, the boy was born in 2000.

It is reportedly unusual for such a young person to be detained but prosecutor Linda Wiking said in court: “Although he is under 18 there are special grounds for detention.

The Somalian boy denied the crimes he is charged with through his lawyer.

Lawyer Nicklas Unger told the court: “My client does not want to comment on the question of guilt on this occasion.”

Based on evidence the court reportedly decided that there is probable cause for the arrest.

The motive for the alleged knife attack is still unclear.

The court heard it was thought that the refugee had psychological problems and that the refugee centre had hired extra staff to support the boy.

But the alleged attack happened before the new staff could start.

Spokesman for the refugee home Borås Tidning said: “The situation, if I understand correctly, was that we were a little unsure [about the boy’s mental health] and therefore we hired an extra person.”

Ms Mezher, a psychology graduate, was on her own and finishing her night shift when she was stabbed in the back and thigh on Monday.

She later died in hospital from the injuries.

Marie Skruf, a local government official, said: “No one should work alone, especially not with these young people who in some cases may be traumatised.

“It’s terrible. You should not have to go to work and never come home.

“[The workers] have made it clear to their employer that they felt insecure so the employer should have taken steps to make them feel safe.”

Family and friends held a memorial service for the murdered 22-year-old yesterday.

The service was held at a Church in Boras, where Ms Mezher went to Sunday school.

A friend of Ms Mehzer said: “Alexandra always said that God had a plan for us all, even before we are born.

“But it is difficult to understand what His plan [with her death is], but you must believe.

“Alexandra was an angel and now she is in paradise. God wanted her with him.”

Source: Express

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