At the beginning of August 2022, police are called to Högevallsbadet in Lund.
According to the parents who called, two boys had pulled down their 11-year-old girl's bikini bottoms.
The boys were rejected from the bath house, a report of sexual harassment was drawn up by the police, and there the matter could have been out of the world.
Abused in front of children and partner
But when the family left the bathhouse, a car pulled up next to them and, according to the indictment, Erik Sjöbring was then abused in front of his family by the two men in the car.
One is the older brother of one of the boys accused of sexual molestation.
He first wonders why Erik filed a police report and then the men start hitting and kicking, which led to, among other things, a concussion and a broken leg in the foot.
The two men, aged 24 and 25, were charged with aggravated assault.
The elder brother denies the crime, while the other man has confessed.
But the district court considers that both are equally involved in the assault and sentences both to prison for one year and nine months each.
- The district court considers that it is proven that the two men first hit the plaintiff in the head and then kicked his head and body after he fell to the ground, says Kristian Jönsson, district attorney.
The district court considers assault to be serious because the men were two against one and because it happened in front of Erik Sjöbring's children.
In addition to the prison sentence, they must both pay a total of SEK 45,600 in damages
But Erik Sjöbring is not satisfied with the verdict
- I had hoped for six years each.
Not just because the children had to witness the abuse, but because of the serious crime that it was.
The sentence is a mockery, he says.
The verdict is likely to be appealed
Johan Fernvall defended the 25-year-old.
He is also not happy with the verdict, but for the opposite reason.
- I think the penalty feels severe, he says.
- My client has been convicted of aggravated assault.
We think there was room to convict for assault of the normal degree instead..
Johan Fernvall says that he has not had time to speak with his client yet, but that he believes that the verdict will be appealed.