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Blinda Rauno was shot - then he was forced out of his apartment and became homeless


Rauno Koljonen was assaulted and shot in his residence in Hallstahammar. After the blow that the shooting meant, he was forced to leave his home. Instead, he was offered accommodation in the same apartment building as the suspected perpetrator stated as his address. "This is the apartment we are offered to us," says the social service's Anna Sundin in Janne Josefsson's report "Raunos dom".

In August 2018, 36-year-old Rauno Koljonen was shot and beaten in his home in Hallstahammar outside Västerås. Rauno, who has previously been blind and lost a hand in a blasting accident, was shot in both legs during the robbery attempt.

- I got four bangs right when I opened the door. And the only thing I could do was say "no," says Rauno.

Rauno has a diverse past. He has been sentenced to two prison sentences, one for aggravated assault and assisting in robbery and one for theft. After the blow that the shooting meant, he was forced to move out of his apartment and for over a year he lived as a homeless man with relatives and friends.

- I have nowhere to be, that's what it is, he says in the report "Janne Josefsson: Rauno's verdict".

Thanked no to two homes

During his time as homeless, Rauno was offered accommodation by the social services.

One apartment was located in another location, where Rauno would have had difficulty orienting himself. And the other was in the same apartment building as the suspected offender stated as his address, with his mother.

Rauno declined to both apartments.

- What happened then? asks Janne Josefsson in the report.

- Then everything was written off. Then I got no help at all, says Rauno.

Anna Sundin, who is area manager at the social services in Hallstahammar, says that they are not aware that the perpetrator was written in the same property.

- This is the apartment we are offered to us. That's the alternative we have.

"We've done what we should"

When Rauno refused the housing, the social service demanded that he submit urine samples for three months to show that he did not abuse drugs. After that, he might be able to get a home.

- I was on the urine tests, but not for three months. I've done the right thing for me, he says.

Anna Sundin says that the social service has had ongoing contact with Rauno and believes that he solved the housing situation with his own network.

- Is that how it should be? asks Janne Josefsson.

- If you can solve it in your own network then it is the best, of course. I think we have done what we should and should do about Rauno.

"Got my life back"

After more than a year in homelessness, Rauno finally got his own accommodation in Hallstahammar in January 2020.

- I've got my life back. Now I sit here in my apartment. It feels so damn good but unreal, he says.

To see more of Rauno's journey and hunt for redress, see the full report "Janne Josefsson: Rauno's verdict" on SVT Play or in SVT1 at 21:30 on Thursday, February 20.

Source: svt

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