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Arboga child murderer seeks right to appeal

Published: 03 Jan 2012 16:53 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Jan 2012 16:53 GMT+01:00

Christine Schürrer, the German woman who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering 3-year-old Max and his 1-year-old sister Saga, and then attempting to kill their mother Emma Jangestig in 2008, is now applying for leave to appeal her verdict.

"My client is innocent and of course she wants her case tried," Schürrer's lawyer Per-Ingvar Ekblad told the Expressen daily.

Since the verdict, Schürrer and her legal counsel have been putting together a 17-page application for leave to appeal, which they finally submitted to the Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen, HD) on Tuesday.

After the initial guilty verdict by the Västmanland District Court in 2008, Schürrer and Ekblad took the case to the Court of Appeals, only to be told the verdict would stand.

At the time, Ekblad argued that there were no clear legal grounds for the conviction, and said he would seek leave to appeal to the Supreme Court.

He said the evidence presented did not meet legal requirements for a conviction and added that there was scope to argue his client had not been found guilty "beyond reasonable doubt".

With the thorough new application, Ekblad believes there is a strong chance the case will be heard by the Supreme Court.

"Otherwise we wouldn't have done it," he told Expressen.

"Now we're hoping for an acquittal."

Christine Schürrer had been in a relationship with mother Emma Jangestig’s then boyfriend, Torgny Hellgren. According to prosecutors, her obsession with her ex-boyfriend served as the motive for the killings of the two children.

Investigators were never able to tie Schürrer to the crime scene with physical evidence. Instead, prosecutors based their case on strong circumstantial evidence.

Despite the lack of fingerprints or DNA evidence, the court ruled that there was "overall convincing evidence" against Schürrer.

A network of people have sought to help Schürrer in her case since the verdict, but Ekblad told Expressen that only he and his client had compiled the new application.

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17:42 January 3, 2012 by Grokh
by all means let her go so that she can kill more.

the past year have been filled with people who were released from prison only to commit worse crimes.-_-x
09:05 January 4, 2012 by Dazzler
Yes let her go. Then send me her address and a 9mm with a box of hollow points. Save some taxpayer money, get rid of the problem and no more worries about recidivism !
10:06 January 4, 2012 by Grindsprint
Dazzler, She claims she is innocent, and that is why she wants to appeal. If she were to be let out, it would be because the court had found her to be innocent, in wich case you would like to have her adress and then go and murder her? Omg, you are a potential threat to society, and should be locked up!
11:20 January 4, 2012 by Dazzler
Yep...everyone who is locked up is innocent, just ask them. I am only a threat to those who deserve to be liquidated :)
12:50 January 4, 2012 by flintis
Jack the ripper was also innocent!!!!!!!!!!

Euthanasia is the only answer
12:51 January 4, 2012 by Grindsprint
I didn´t say she was innocent. I´m saying that if she was to be released it would most likely be because the court had found her to be innocent. Why then murder her? what is it that she knows that you don´t want her to tell people? :P
19:06 January 4, 2012 by strixy
Don't you people understand the difference between civil and criminal legal system or what? In civil proceedings it is only about the balance of probablility, in other words, what scenario is/was more probable. In criminal proceedings it is always 'beyond a reasonable doubt'. If you only have circumstantial evidence it will never go beyong reasonable doubt because you simply have no hard evidence to tie her to the crime scene! The fact that she 'might have done it' is simply not enough!

Ignorance is the worst sin of all.
23:57 January 4, 2012 by Puffin
@ strixy

Well OK it was a circumstantial case - by it depends what you mean by not being able to reach beyond a reasonable doubt - although each piece of evidence was fairly circumstantial - but taken together the patter was strong:

- It was clearly proved that she travelled by train 155km from Stockholm to Arboga on the exact time and day of the murder as she was captured on CCTV and took the train back to Stockholm less that 30 minutes after the murders

- she refused to explain for Police what she was doing that day in Arboga - over 150km from home

- the surviving victim identified her - the children's mother said she had a memory of her her at the house after the attack - in fact the mother's first words when she regained consciousness in hospital was "Tine" - Schürrer's nickname

- Schürrer also owned shoes with the same somewhat unusual pattern found at the crime scene - she was photographed wearing them but they mysteriously disappeared and she refused to explain this properly

- the children were bludgeoned to death with a hammer - a hammer also disappeared from the accused apartment complex at the time of the murder (although this was considered a lower level of evidential value)

- it was clear from a computer analysis that she had been stalking her ex's family searching to fnd out where they lived

- there was also evidence found on her computer about her obsession with her ex-boyfriend and hatred of his new life and family

She has in fact continued to harrass the mother to the murdered children even from prison

It is clear that the woman has severe mental health issues - however while a forensic psychiatric detention was considered she refused to speak to any of the doctors
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