A hunter who shot a jogger he claims he mistook for a deer used an electronic scope that recorded targets he had aimed at in the past – including someone’s head, a court heard.
The 48-year-old man, whose name has not been released, told police he shot 75-year-old Olle Rosdahl by accident in the town of Klippan in southern Sweden.
But the authorities, who have released a video recorded by the gun’s electronic sights, say it was obvious his target was a human being when he shot the jogger from a distance of 558ft in the pitch black in November 2018.
A log of previous targets downloaded into his phone shows he aimed at people’s heads in the past, Helsingborg District Court heard.
Police found pictures that taken with his telescopic sight show he previously aimed at humans, according to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
Thermal imaging videos showed the hunter aim at a human figure, prosecutors said. Images taken with his telescopic sight and saved in the phone showed he had aimed at people
The court heard how one image showed the hunter aimed for Mr Rosdahl’s house when there was the outline of a human figure in the garden.
An image shows the hunter aimed for the jogger’s house when there was a man in the garden. In another picture he aimed the weapon at a human’s head.
Both images were taken with his telescopic sight and saved in the phone along with images of other hunting trips.
Lawyer Johan Landen who represents the plaintiff told the court: ‘The defendant seems to have the habit of aiming at people.’
As the video of the hunter’s thermal night vision was played to the court, the defendant sobbed loudly, reports Aftonbladet.
Prosecutor Ola Lavie said the hunter did not react by going over to the ‘deer’ he believed he shot and instead left the area.
Mr Rosdahl was severely injured but managed to reach a neighbour a few hundred metres away, where he received help. He was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
The bullet had gone straight through his side without any vital organs being damaged.
This was the view through the infrared sights of the gun of a hunter as he accidentally shoots a 75-year-old jogger out for an early morning run
The video shared by the Swedish police shows the hunter who aims at the black figure who buckled as the shot hit
The Norwegian gunman, who was reportedly visiting Sweden to hunt deer, wild boar and fox, was arrested later that day. He insists the shooting was an unfortunate accident.
But, after viewing the video footage – which shows the hunter aiming at a figure who buckled over as the shot hits its target – police refused to believe his story and charged him with attempted murder.
Mr Rosdahl, who had been enjoying a morning run around 4.30am near his home, told an earlier court hearing: ‘I heard a blast and fell to the ground. I was shrieking: ‘What the hell kind of shooting is that?’
‘The shot went straight through me and if it had been two centimetres higher I would not have survived.’
Olle Rosdahl, a 75-year-old jogger who was shot while enjoying his morning run around 4:30am near his home in Klippan, Sweden
Prosecutors also say the Norwegian hunted deer and fox at night several times during the autumn, which is forbidden in Sweden.
He also allegedly used illegal ammunition and infrared sights which also require special permission.
Prosecutor Ola Lavie told local media: ‘The evidence to a large extent consists of the film which shows what he was shooting at.
‘If you look at the film, for me, it is obvious he is shooting a human being. I believe from the film it’s clear this is an intentional shooting.’
However police have reportedly acknowledged that they have been unable to come up with a possible motive for him shooting the jogger intentionally.
Ms Lavie added: ‘Rosdahl has no issues with anyone. He lives in the area and has no idea why anyone would want to shoot him.’
J. Andres Concha, the hunter’s lawyer, told local media: ‘He denies everything. It was a pure hunting accident and there was no intention of killing.’
Mr Rosdahl is seeking SEK 133,602 (£10,961) in compensation from the defendant.
The bullet wound suffered by Mr Rosdahl. He is lucky to be alive after the bullet went straight through the side of his body without touching any major organs