Teenage Refugee In Swedish Court After Allegedly Stabbing Care Worker

| by Jordan Smith
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A 15-year-old Somali refugee appeared in a Swedish courtroom Jan. 28 after allegedly fatally stabbing a care worker at a refugee accommodation center on Jan. 25.

Youssaf Kaliif Nuur was charged as an adult in the murder of Alexandra Mezher, 22, according to Daily Mail.

The incident occurred at 8 a.m. when police say Nuur suffered a “psychological breakdown” and a fight between two boys at the center broke out.

“There was an argument between the suspect and another resident at the hostel. I don’t know the reason for the argument between the two residents. But in some way this woman got between them. She was trying to break up the fight,” a source with Gothenburg police told Daily Mail.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven condemned the attack.

“Many of those young people who come to Sweden have had traumatic experiences and there are no easy answers,” he said in a statement, according to The Local.

Mezher reportedly told her mother she was being asked to supervise “big powerful guys” as old as 24 at the hostel, which was meant to be for teens.

A therapist who worked at the facility criticized the authorities, saying that staff had warned them about serious issues.

“So far nothing serious has happened, but it will do,” the therapist told management in December 2015, RT reported.

Mezher was working the night shift alone, in charge of at least 10 residents, when she was stabbed.

“The question of lone working at night was discussed with management several times. The management did not help, they are not listening,” the therapist said.

The therapist added that the center, which is operated on behalf of the government by a private company, had seen staff cuts since it opened in September 2015.

Because Nuur only arrived in Sweden last year, authorities say they are not 100 percent sure of his identity.

“The suspect has said he is 15 so that is what is charged as. But we are checking his date or birth and name to make sure they are accurate,” prosecutor Linda Viking said outside court, according to the Mail.

As a percentage of its population, Sweden accepted the largest number of refugees of any European country in 2015. A total of 163,000 people applied for asylum in 2015.

Nuur is being charged as an adult, which is a requirement under Swedish law for anyone aged 15 or older, according to RT.

Sources: RT, Daily Mail, The Local / Photo credit: Goteborgs-Tidningen

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