The murder, which took place in Malmö’s drugs underworld, was revealed in a tip-off to police in January. The body was found in garage in a well-known drug den the Videdal area of the city, and was identified as belonging to a 47-year old man with a long criminal record who had been missing since April 2005.
The body was badly disfigured and the head was missing.
A man, now 47, was arrested at the time the body was discovered. The 45-year old was arrested later, initially suspected of sheltering a criminal, but murder charges have now been leveled against him.
“They are suspected of jointly murdering the 47-year old,” prosecutor Mats Svensson said.
He said that the younger of the two suspects has admitted being present when the man was killed, but said the older man killed him. The older man denies ever meeting the victim.
The 45-year old said that the body was first put in a temporary hiding place. Later, when they were trying to bury it, the hole turned out to be too small, so they chopped the victim’s head off. The man said that he cycled with the head to the Limhamn dock, and threw the head in the water near the old ferry terminal. Police found the head exactly where he told them it would be.
Svensson said the body showed signs of serious assault. The man’s death appears to have been caused by a knife through the heart and the aorta. The murder is believed to have taken place 8th April 2005. The motive appears to have been an argument about drugs and the alleged theft of a watch.
It is claimed that the murder was common knowledge in Malmö’s hard drugs-taking circles.
“Half of Malmö knew about this,” one witness said in questioning, according to Svensson.