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Mother murdered in front of three year old daughter

A 27 year old woman was murdered in an apartment in Uppsala on Sunday morning. Her 50 year old partner is suspected of killing her and their three year old daughter could have witnessed the incident.

The man was arrested after police were called to the Kvarngärdet area of the city. It appears that the 50 year old himself had asked passers-by to call the police, after telling them that his partner was dead.

When police arrived they found the man in the stairwell with blood on his trousers and his three year old daughter in his arms.

In the apartment was the 27 year old woman. According to the local paper Upsala Nya Tidning, she was still alive.

“She had been exposed to terrible violence,” said Christer Nordström at Uppsala police, to TT.

The woman died shortly after police arrived. The girl was taken into care by the social services.

“The man has said that the child was in the apartment during the incident itself, but we still don’t know what the child witnessed,” said Nordström.

A knife was found in the apartment which police believe could be the murder weapon.

The man, who was not previously known to police, is being held on suspicion of murder.

“He denies the charge, but has made a number of admissions. He confessed, for example, that the family was alone in the flat at the time,” said Christer Nordström.

No motive has been established.

On Monday police will continue their forensic examination of the apartment, and a post mortem will be carried out.

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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