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Man charged for 'trying to set in-laws on fire'

Published: 22 Jan 2012 10:49 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Jan 2012 10:49 GMT+01:00

A 28-year-old man who stood for the Green Party at the 2010 election, has been charged, along with his 26-year-old girlfriend, for trying to murder his parents-in-law by setting alight to their apartment.

The motive for the attack is reported to be money and to cash in on a life insurance for which the 26-year-old woman was the sole beneficiary, according to a report in the Aftonbladet daily.

The alleged attack occurred in the couple's Solna apartment in October 2011 when their daughter and her boyfriend dropped by for a rare visit.

According to the charges levelled at the pair, they proceeded to drug the sexagenarians with the sedative Sobril.

With the in-laws safely passed out, the couple proceeded to empty the apartment of bank papers, cash, keys and a camera and then set the flat alight.

The couple were only saved by an attentive neighbour who was able to sound the alarm.

The 28-year-old man stood as a candidate for the Green Party at the 2010 election although the party has since stated that once the man's views became known steps were taken to expel him, Aftonbladet reported.

The couple have now been charged with attempted murder and aggravated arson and are set to stand trial at Solna district court.

Both deny the charges, although the woman is reported to have confirmed certain circumstances surrounding the incident.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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12:44 January 22, 2012 by Kevin Harris
If he had succeeded, the carcon emission would have been off the scale. It's only right the Greens sacked him.
20:37 January 22, 2012 by dizzymoe33
How can they be his in-laws when they are not married? It says that it was his girlfriend.
11:08 January 23, 2012 by johnny1939
Terrible when your own flesh and blood will try to do such a thing. One really has to keep one's eyes open and tryst nobody these days. How very sad.
00:37 January 25, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Does the Green party have so few candidates in some districts that they took a nut case like this as a candidate to represent them?

This criminal case is so laughably bad, idiotic, soul-less, heinous, etc... that it is not even generating a comment thread.

This couple is truly the dregs of the earth. The only sad thing here is that this happened in Sweden, and not a nation where they would face normal justice, like South Africa or England.

They will be out in a few months and the parents will then have to buy fireproof pijamas and gas masks before their next visit.
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