Tuesday, February 26

Finnish Triple-Murderer Freed From Prison

Just over a year after Finnish triple-murder Juha Valjakkala was captured after walking away from a jail with no walls, comes news that he has been released from prison.

Triple murderer Nikita Joakim Foughantine, formerly known as Juha Valjakkala, has been released from a Finnish jail.

Foughantine is to be kept under close observation until July 1st, when his conditional release is made permanent, Finnish authorities said on Monday. - The Local, Sweden

Lucky him. He murdered three people in Sweden and now he is being freed to do as he pleases once again.

Here is a summary of the murders he committed from his Wikipedia page:

Juha Veikko Valjakkala (born June 13, 1965) became a part of Finnish and Swedish crime history in 1988 when he was convicted of the murder of a family of three at a cemetery in the northern Swedish community of Åmsele.

The series of events that led to the murders began when the 22-year-old Valjakkala was released from a prison in Turku on May 1, 1988, after which he started wandering through Sweden and Finland with his 21-year-old girlfriend Marita Routalammi.

On July 3 they arrived in Åmsele. After nightfall Valjakkala stole a bicycle. He was pursued by Sten Nilsson and his 15-year-old son Fredrik. The chase ended at a cemetery where Sten and Fredrik Nilsson were both shot by Valjakkala with a shotgun. Later Sten's wife and Fredrik's mother, Ewa Nilsson, went looking for the two and was stabbed to death by Valjakkala outside the cemetery. Valjakkala and Routalammi were caught in Odense, Denmark just over a week later.

Valjakkala was given a life sentence on three counts of murder, while Routalammi got off with two years for complicity in assault and battery. Routalammi was released after serving half of her time, and Valjakkala was transferred to Finland to serve out the rest of his sentence.

In April 1994 Valjakkala fled the Riihimäki prison where he was being held. He took a teacher as a hostage, but he was apprehended nearby and the hostage escaped the situation unscathed. He has also tried to escape once in 1991. - Wiki
Notice that he murdered these people shortly after being released from prison.

What will he do next, now that he is free again?

Being able to forgive is a good trait, but it should not apply universally.

Previous:

Finnish Triple-Murderer to Go Free - 5 Dec 07

Finnish Triple-Murderer Escapes from an 'Open Institution' - 29 Nov 06

1 comment:

suzy said...

Fred...

I totally agree with all that you've said!
I am so disgusted that this f**ker is free to start a new life when he has destroyed so many. It's not just the three Swedes he killed, but forever changed their families lives aswell.

I don't get it... shouldn't the Swedish authorities also have some say about his release? The crime happened in Sweden. I don't understand. If Sweden really wanted to do something about it, I would guess they could have.

I'm a Canadian living in Sweden for the past 5 years and I disagree with this Scandic way of "forgiving". When will they get it that not everyone can be rehabilitated or deserves to be. It may be Finland that released him, but I think that Sweden is also responsible for his release.

I just can't imagine what might happen next.
I guess we'll hear about when it does.