The 16-year-old was sentenced to a so-called juvenile sentence in Jönköping District Court on Friday.
A 14-year-old who was also suspected of having participated in the abuse is under the criminal age and could not be judged. Instead, there was a so-called evidence-speech where he was given the opportunity to give his explanation of what happened without being able to be sentenced.
The two teenagers were arrested at the end of August, a few weeks after a homeless Romanian EU migrant was found dead in a park in Huskvarna in Sweden in the 1950s.
The 16-year-old was charged with murder, but the prosecutor has failed to prove that the boys had caused the man’s death. The District Court therefore chose to know the 16-year-old guilty of gross abuse and not kill.
According to forensic investigations, the Romanian man may have died up to three and a half hours after being abused by his teenagers.
“My client acknowledges having exercised some violence against the man, but that he has in no way caused this person’s death,” said 14-year-old lawyer Martin Cullberg when the trial started in November.
The 16-year-old also denied, according to his defender Anders Tolke, criminal liability after the indictment when the trial started.