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Axe murderer jailed for ten years

A man has been found guilty of murdering a 38 year old mother of three with an axe at her home in Piteå, in the north of Sweden. Glen Lövgren, 40, admitted to killing his ex-girlfriend, Mari Larsson, and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

On a Saturday evening in October of last year, Mari Larsson was at a bar called Olivers Inn. Glen Lövgren, the man she had lived with some time before but whom she had left, was there too.

Lövgren told Luleå district court how he became jealous when he saw her talking to another man:

“He was all over her and so I went up to him and hit him. Then I was thrown out by the doormen.”

Lövgren went straight round to Mari Larsson’s unlocked house, took an axe from the cellar and sat waiting on a sofa.

“I was going to use the axe to get some respect, to threaten him, scare him away,” he told the court.

Mari Larsson arrived home alone, but she as she came into the house she was speaking on her mobile phone to the man she had been with earlier.

“I sat on the sofa and listened to the call,” said Lövgren in the trial.

“I heard how they talked about me and I heard her say on the phone that she regretted our relationship. She said that the only thing I was good for was taking care of the kids.”

Lövgren told the court that he then showed himself to Mari Larsson, wanting her to know that he had overheard the conversation. But he said that she mocked and taunted him. That was when he began to hit her about the head with the axe.

According to the medical examiner, Mari Larsson was hit at least three times. She died from her wounds three days later at Umeå university hospital.

The prosecutor, Folke Ailinpieti, asked Lövgren why he had attacked her.

“I was hurt, disappointed,” he replied.

Ailinpieti argued that Glen Lövgren was guilty of murder and should therefore be sentenced to life imprisonment. But the defence maintained that the killing could not be classified as murder since Lövgren loved Mari Larsson and had not intended to kill her.

While Lövgren was found guilty of murder, the court appears to have taken into account the defence’s argument in sentencing him to ten years, rather than life imprisonment. He will also be required to pay each of Mari Larsson’s three children around 65,000 crowns in compensation.

Sources: Norrländska Socialdemokraten, Dagens Nyheter, Expressen

POLITICS

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.

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