What would have happened if he had been drinking a beer? Five years in prison? Amputation of the hand? In Sharia Sweden, you never know. Yes, he was boorish and rude, and racist as well, if the accounts of the three women are to be believed, but this sentence is appallingly draconian.
“Men offended women in veils,” translated from “Man ofredade kvinnor i slöja,” Märsta.nu, August 30, 2017:
A 53-year-old man from Stockholm has been convicted of offending three women wearing headscarves on the shuttle between Väsby and Märsta. The man held up bacon and ate it in front of them while saying he hated Muslims.
The man was charged with disproportionate hatred against the public, but was not convicted of that charge. The headscarf-wearing women alerted police to the fact that on a train in April 2015, he held bacon up to their faces and ate it in front of them, and then said “I hate Muslims, I hate Negroes.”
Convicted in court
Two of the plaintiffs are registered in Finland and the third in Kista. The man began to eat his bacon demonstratively in front of the women, and when they changed their places, he followed them. The whole incident lasted for several minutes. The court considered that the three plaintiffs had provided aggregate information and police also received evidence from witnesses including a train employee and a traveler, as well as surveillance pictures from the train.
The man will pay each of the three women 5,000 kronor [$625] in damages. In addition, he will pay 9000 kronor [$1125] in fines. The man denies the deeds and said he only wanted to eat his bacon. He should have followed the women on the train to apologize if they got upset.
The accusation of hatred against the people’s group derives from a separate incident in April 2016, but it has not been proven that the man in this context screamed “I hate Muslims” and “damn Arabs.”