Thief Who Left Victim on Tracks Sent to Prison

He robbed drunk man in Sweden, left him to get hit by train

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 23, 2012 3:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – A 28-year-old Tunisian who was caught on security camera robbing a man who had fallen onto the tracks on the Stockholm subway and then leaving him to be hit by a train was sentenced today to a year and a half in prison for theft. A Swedish court ordered Nadar Khiari to pay $1,800 in damages to his victim and ruled that he will be deported after serving his sentence. He was not charged with abandoning the man, since Swedish law does not require people to help.

The court wrote that the victim had been "in a particularly vulnerable position, lying intoxicated and injured on the subway track without any opportunity to protect himself, in danger of being killed or being seriously injured. Nadar Khiari must have been fully aware of this." Khiari confessed to stealing the man's cell phone, a silver case, and a gold necklace, saying he was unemployed and needed money for food and medicine. The victim was hit by a train and lost a foot, but survived.

Image from CCTV footage file photo dated Sept. 8, 2012, shows a man being robbed while on subway tracks.   (AP Photo/Swedish Police, File)
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