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Life sentence for Australian's killer

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16:06 CEST+02:00
The 31 year old man who in March murdered his Australian partner, chopped her up and dumped her body parts in a lake in Sörmland, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

On Thursday afternoon Stockholm district court found the man guilty of murder. As well as receiving the heaviest possible sentence he was ordered to pay 432,000 kronor to the victim's relatives.

The man, known in the Swedish media only as Janne, and his partner were in the process of separating. But when she threatened to move to Finland with their children he decided to kill her.

The woman was sleeping in the same room as their children when he hit her on the head with a frying pan. When she woke, he stabbed her to death with a knife.

He giggled to himself as he told the court during the trial that the frying pan was the least painful method he could think of to kill her.

He then chopped up her body with an electric saw he bought from Lidl and, two days later, dumped her remains in lake Yngern, near Södertälje, south of Stockholm.

However, he was spotted by local residents who asked him what he was doing. He apparently gave an unsatisfactory explanation.

On the way back from the lake, he threw the remaining body parts into a ditch. He said he realised that the murder would be discovered.

After his trip to the lake, the 31 continued working and left the children at nursery school.

A few days later he was arrested by police acting on reports of his odd behaviour by the lake.

The 31 year old admitted killing the Australian woman from the beginning of the investigation.

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