Wednesday was no ordinary day in the Borås district court. Rarely raises a goal so much interest that the right need to open an extra hall to all in the audience will get the spot. Even more rarely filled åhörarplatserna of young teenagers in jeans and sneakers, along with other relatives and a large throng of journalists.
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the tragic road accident a couple of miles south of Sveg, in Härjedalen, where the three fourteen-year-olds lost their lives and several injured. On board the double-decker, which travelled along the E45, there were 52 students and six teachers from Ängskolan in Skene. They were on the way to högstadietidens big highlight: skidveckan in the Klövsjöfjäll in Jämtland, the skolidrottsföreningen arranged each year in the fifteen years of age for all eighth graders.
Now, many of them here, in front of the portraits of prominent rättsmän that adorn the district court's walls, and listening to actor Michael Keepers of the oral submissions. In front of them, diagonally to the right in the hall, sits a stubby man in glasses, a shirt and green pullover. He is the main protagonist in the case – a 64-year-old, previously completely innocent man who made a living as a bus driver since 1999.
" the Driver may have had reduced concentration and vigilance, which affected his ability to drive the bus, which led to he driven off the road. I want to show that he had been under the influence of fatigue in connection with the accident, initiating the prosecutor Bäckström.
on the near 40 people who were injured in the accident and how they have been affected. It is heavy to listen to. From åhörarplats heard muffled sobs, several young people crying quietly, and take each other's hands.
the bus Driver is charged with reckless driving, involuntary manslaughter and causing bodily harm. Himself denies he crime. And the thing is not easy. During the two years, the investigators tried to get clarity in how the accident could happen. In the prosecutor's evidence is, inter alia, Haverikommissionens final report. This excludes external factors such as unevenness in the roadway or technical errors on the bus.
According to the prosecutor, the visibility was good at the time of the accident, road conditions were good with two degrees and no risk of slipping. When the bus is driven off the roadway to the driver trying to steer it again.
– Unfortunately, that has led to the tipped and ended up on the page instead, says the prosecutor.
the driver violated the rules on driving time and rest periods. Nonetheless, much of the trial date if his attention ability at the moment.
– It has not been able to determine why the bus went off the road but according to the trötthetsanalys that have been made, the defendant was most likely influenced by severe sleepiness, although sleep has not been established, " says Mikael Bäckström.
the bus Driver himself has stated that he did not feel tired during the run, and denies that it would be the reason that he had run off the roadway. He will not be heard until next Wednesday, but in previous interviews he has described how the bus tossing to and to the front end of the bus then stack away.
”the Bus swaying when I came down in a bump, the right front wheel came off the asfaltskanten and I could not control up the bus on the road again,” he says in a police questioning in January 2018.
to major parts of the formal and lengthy technical reviews. A couple of hours on Wednesday morning it will be clearly difficult for many to keep up with the rabblandet of däckmått, körfältsbredd and handling. The young people screws on itself, and sinks deeper down in their chairs. One begins to braid another person's hair. But so swear the prosecutor to when he should show a cut scene from a reconstruction at the crime scene and among the rows it starts to fnissas and whispered. For a few seconds, the mood such as you want it to be among a bunch of 16-year-olds.
the sentence which the prosecutor will seek is still unclear.
" My view is that the sentence should be on the fängelsenivå. But there is space for other sanctions, such as probation coupled with a fine. But I'll have to come back to, " says Mikael Bäckström.