Bullying can kill

With all due respect and support for her cause, I am especially posting this for my fellow author @cheriewhite who I believe speaks strongly against bullying and we all should her cause.

I am being able to post this as I edit criminal news online and this news has been rewritten to the best of my ability. Kindly point out if any errors.

Kindly note that I am reminded of @cheriewhite whenever I do a news about bullying, but am posting it for the first time as I thought the article below should be read by more people.

Two of 3 teenagers tried in Helsinki for the brutal murder of their school friend, 16, bullied him since childhood.

A trial was held last week in Helsinki in connection with the brutal murder of a 16-year-old who was known to be a person who kept to himself, stayed away from social situations, and has been described as quiet and kind boy.

The victim’s three teenage friends stood the trial for his murder on December 4, 2020,

It has been said the 16-year-old did not have many friends, in school, other than the two suspects. He was acquainted with two of the suspects since Kindergarten and was being bullied by them since childhood, according to police. The teen met the oldest suspect in August last year during a planned robbery of the victim.

The suspect told police, “[The victim] has sometimes reminded me that I bullied [the victim] in kindergarten. We have both been bullied at Käpylä Primary School while we were in first grade.”

According to the police record that was released and now can be ordered from the public, all three suspects had been planning this night and called it the punishment game. It was also a birthday celebration for the youngest suspect who was turning 16 years old.

Memorial candles at the scene of the murdered teenage boy’s body near Koskela Hospital in Helsinki on Sunday, December 20, 2020, Vesa Moilanen, Magazine Image

For three to four hours the victim was humiliated and suffered sadistic torturing. The suspects forced the victim to drink vodka and all three were involved in punching him, kicking him, peeing on him, beating him with a metal bar and more. According to police, the oldest suspect had even jumped off a platform to hit the victims head and chest with his knees. Some of the beatings and humiliation acts were filmed by each of the suspects.

One of the suspects had a chance to get help while he was gone for two hours, but instead, he told the other suspects to not let the victim go before he got the chance to punch him. When this suspect got back, he immediately punched the victim twice in the face.

The victim had asked the suspects to stop several times. None of the suspects called for an ambulance or told their co-accused to stop.

This brutal night began at around 7PM and lasted until around 11PM in a park near Koskela Hospital in Helsinki. According to the police, before the three boys had left the scene, they checked with a phone to see if the victim was still breathing. When they noticed the fog on the screen, they had left him there in the cold December air half naked thinking he would just get up and walk home. According to the police, the cause of death of the victim has been linked to several broken ribs, lack of oxygen, and brain hemorrhages caused by the injuries.

After the three suspects left, the youngest suspect was seen at a store at around midnight. Afterwards the youngest suspect apparently went back to the scene where he had sent a voice message to both boys saying the victim might be dying, the voice message also included a small laughter.

On Monday morning at around 8:05AM, the victim was found by a construction worker. At the same time, the police were at the scene investigating, one of the suspects had told their parents what had happened to their missing friend. During the weekend, the parents of this suspect thought their son was sick as he had been throwing up all weekend and they even made an appointment to get him tested for coronavirus. Instead, the worst had happened.Instead of calling the emergency centre or telling their parents what had happened, the suspects spent their weekend at home searching online about youth sentencing in Finland, how to get rid of a body, how to erase their DNA from the scene, if urine has DNA that the police can link to someone, and more. The next day at around 6PM, two of the youngest suspects went back to the scene to collect their beer cans they left behind.

“Then this morning he told me that he has something terrible to tell,” the suspect’s mother said later that day at a police interrogation. “I don’t know if it was fear and panic that [didn’t] make them call the emergency center.”

The suspect had also told his girlfriend on Sunday what had happened and although she advised him to tell his parents, the suspect did not want to because he wanted to spend one more normal night with his family. The suspect did not share his involvement in the event.

At the beginning of the investigations, it was told the oldest suspect was planning this night and he was the only one beating the victim; however, according to the police report, the two younger suspects planned to try and place the blame on him. After the two younger suspects found out the victim had died when they went back the next day, they even exchanged fake text messages placing the blame on the older suspect. According to police, during the interrogations it came to light that the two suspects had exchanged these messages for the police to find.

Along with trying to blame the oldest suspect of the violence, the second oldest suspect also manipulated his family and the police into thinking he was innocent and only punched the victim twice and that he himself was also abused. However, during the interrogations, the police found out the truth as the suspects had filmed parts of the night and were sending messages to each other. At around the sixth interrogation with this suspect, the police provided evidence to go against his comments, after this, the suspect kept saying he does not remember or no comment.

Each of the suspects played a part in the brutal murder and humiliation acts.

The oldest suspect was admitting the truth right from the start and had said during the interrogations that everyone was equally participating, and everyone deserves the same sentence. The suspect also admitted that he probably committed the most violence to the victim and has accepted responsibility.

“I was kind of really angry. It was a bit like the feeling inside me and I didn’t think it targeted anyone. The feeling did not alleviate,” the oldest suspect said during one of the interrogations.

The police were able to confirm what the oldest suspect had said by going through all the photos, videos, and messages on all three phones. The evidence showed that all three suspects were beating and humiliating the victim before his death.

The police report is a lengthy detailed document of more than 400 pages consisting of information about the night of December 4th, previous assaults on the victim and all three suspect interrogations. The information about the victim has been kept private as requested by his family.

The report revealed in addition to the brutal murder, two of the youngest suspects were charged with nine assaults and robbery of the victim. The assaults go back to August 2020 and each one was filmed. According to the two suspects these assaults were forms of punishment.

None of the three suspects could explain why they were violent against the victim.

The victim had not told anyone about the previous bullying, robbery by the oldest suspect or past nine assaults. If someone asked, the victim apparently told them the injuries were from a fall. It is not known why the victim kept going back to these teenagers, but it seems like these three boys had the victim under their control.

Officers are also looking into the school the victim and two of the suspects attended and social services to see why the victim was bullied without being noticed for such a long time.
As they are underage, the max penalty for the suspects is 12 years. The oldest suspect knew this and sent a text message to the others in which he wrote not to worry as this is Finland.
The prosecutor has demanded all three suspects to undergo psychological assessments and is filing charges in relation to the other cases of a total of nine assaults and robbery.

The three youths are due for court again for two dates in the start of this month.

#bullying, #daily-post, #postaday