Ten years for GHB murder

A 21 year old woman has been found guilty of murdering her 22 year old boyfriend, after he died from drinking vodka which she had laced with the drug GHB.

The woman denied killing him, but was sentenced on Wednesday to ten years in prison by Gothenburg district court.

Last November the man was found dead in his apartment in Hisingen. At first, it appeared that he had died of natural causes. But pathologists later found a significant quantity of butanediol, sold on the street as GHB, in his body.

The woman insisted from the beginning that she had not killed her boyfriend. She claimed that she had wanted to break off the relationship and that he had threatened to take his own life. According to the woman, she found her boyfriend dead in the bathroom in the morning. Beside him stood a vodka bottle containing a reddish liquid.

No technical evidence, such as blood and urine analysis or a pathologist’s report, was presented in the case. But several people testified that the woman wanted her boyfriend dead. A good friend to the woman, a 25 year old man, described how on the night of the murder she told him on the telephone that she had managed to kill her boyfriend by poisoning him.

The court considered it out of the question that the man had committed suicide. His relatives told the court that his life and job was well-organised, and that he was a happy and psychologically stable person.

Suicide was not a possibility for him, maintained his relatives. Neither the woman nor the man used drugs, according to her own evidence.

What was clear, said the court, was that a few hours before the 22 year old’s death the woman bought the reddish liquid. It was also clear that the mixture in the bottle contained butanediol, and that the 22 year old died of butanediol poisoning.

According to the court, the only explanation for the man’s death was that the woman, whom he trusted and liked, gave him the drink, with a deadly dose of butanediol, with the intention of killing him.

The woman was also found guilty of serious fraud, having taken money out of the man’s bank account after his death. In 1999 she was found guilty of arson.

The woman’s 25 year old friend was sentenced to two years in prison for neglecting to report a murder and for fraud.

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Sweden’s ‘snippa’ rape case to go to the High Court

When Sweden's appeals court threw out a guilty verdict in a child rape case over the meaning of 'snippa', a child's word for a vagina, it caused a scandal in Sweden. Now, the Swedish Supreme Court wants to hear from the Court of Appeals about its decision.  

Sweden's 'snippa' rape case to go to the High Court

Attorney General Petra Lundh criticised the appeals court for “a number of serious miscarriages of justice” in the way it dealt with the case. 

The man had been sentenced to three years imprisonment in 2021 after the district court heard how he, in the prosecutor’s words, had “by sticking his hand inside the plaintiff’s shorts and underwear, holding his hand on the the girl’s ‘snippa’ and having a finger inside her ‘snippa’, performed a sexual act” on her. 

The girl’s testimony was found to be credible, in part because she had told her mother about the incident on their way home.

But in February this year, the appeals court threw out the conviction, arguing that it was unclear what the girl means by the word snippa, a word taught to Swedish children to refer to female genitalia.

Despite agreeing with the district court that the man had touched the girl between her legs and inserted his finger into her snippa, the court found that it could not be determined whether the girl was referring to her vulva or to her vagina.

If the man had inserted his finger into her vagina, that would have met the standard to be classified as rape. Because the girl said that his finger was “far in”, but could not state exactly how far, the appeals court found that it could not establish beyond doubt that the man had inserted his finger in her vagina and not her the vulva.

Because no lower-grade charges, such as sexual abuse or molestation, had been filed against the man, the appeals court could not consider other offences.

This week, the Attorney General lodged a complaint with the Supreme Court against the appeal court’s decision. Now the Swedish Supreme Court has given the appeals court until April 12 to explain its decision-making in the case.

The Supreme Court has not decided whether it will hear an appeal against the decision to clear the man of rape charges.