Norrköping murderer gets life

A 26-year-old man who raped, strangled, and slashed a woman in the throat was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday.

The man was also ordered to pay 528,000 kronor in damages to the victim’s family, after he was convicted by Norrköping district court, south of Stockholm.

The victim, a 19-year-old woman, left a night club at 3 am on January 8 last year, but never arrived at home. Her body was found in the woods just outside of the town the day after.

She had first been raped and choked before having her throat cut with a knife. Prosecutors had strong evidence against the man, including sperm on the woman’s body.

The man convicted on Thursday went to Turkey after the murder, but was caught in Germany in February 2005.

He had different stories regarding what had happened that particular night. After being confronted with the DNA evidence, he said he had sex with the woman, but denied accusations of rape.

The court was not unanimous in its decision. Its chairman said the evidence was incomplete and wanted acquit the man. A series of circumstances convinced the majority of the court’s members that the man was guilty.

The man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison last year for raping another young woman.