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Swede convicted of eating women

A 29-year old Swedish man who killed two women, drank their blood and ate their flesh has been sent to a secure hospital after he was convicted of murder by a court in Gävle on Thursday.

The man had admitted his guilt from the outset, and his defence team agreed with the prosecution that he should be sent to a secure mental hospital, after doctors had said that he had a severe psychiatric disorder. The level of agreement between the defence and prosecution was very unusual for the Swedish system.

The man killed the first of his victims, an 18-year old woman in Gävle, central Sweden, in March last year. In October a 34-year old woman from Skutskär, near Gävle, became his second victim.

The cannibal faced his victims’ families in a packed courtroom. Sitting next to his lawyer and wearing handcuffs, he stared and the table in front of him as prosecutor Christer Sammens read out the charges.

He confessed to both the murders through Magnus Isaksson, defence counsel, but after half an hour he passed a note to Isaksson saying he wanted to leave the room. He was taken out immediately and refused to return for the rest of the hearing.

The court was then played a tape of the man’s police interrogation.

“Suddenly, I stabbed her,” he said, referring to the murder of the 18-year old.

“She said ‘ah’, and I lay over her and just stabbed, stabbed and then she sighed. Then I did the worst thing of all – I drank her blood and chopped bits of meat from her and ate them up.”

The man has not explained the reasons for what he did.

Among those testifying at the trial was the boyfriend of the 18-year old. He had initially been arrested on suspicion of murdering her, but was later released. He told the court of the moment the man burst into the couple’s flat and killed the woman by stabbing her at least 30 times.

The killer was ordered to pay 703,000 kronor to the victims’ relatives and in compensation to the wrongly arrested man.

“This is a total tragedy for all concerned, as well as for society which failed in its duty to prevent what happened,” said lawyer Peter Althin, who had represented the killer.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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