«A 15-year-old boy in Helsingborg has now been convicted now for assaulting and threatening another boy because of his blue eyes.
According to the district court, the 15-year-old asked a Swedish boy about his eye colour, to which the Swede is said to have replied “bluish-green”, an answer that the 15-year-old Arab for an unknown reason found provocative. “Big man are you?” asked the 15-year-old Arab, then leaned over the table and gave the Swede boy a slap.
Two witnesses say they saw the 15-year-old deliver a blow to the Swedish boy and said he continued to beat him during a school break. The 15-year-old was convicted of illegal threats and petty assault and battery.
The 15-year-old himself denies the crime and claims that he was misunderstood because of language difficulties, as his first language is Arabic.
The case has not been classified as a hate crime.