Man on trial for stepdaughter killing

A man accused of killing his 12-year old stepdaughter in order to have sex with her 13-year old best friend went on trial in Handen, near Stockholm, on Thursday.

The 27-year old man sat motionless in court and stared at the desk in front of him. His lawyer said that he could neither confess to or deny the crime because he could not remember what happened.

Chief prosecutor Stefan Bergman asserted that he had deliberately killed his stepdaughter because she stood in the way of his plans to sleep with the 13-year old.

“The killing was intentional, down to the last detail,” he said.

“The 25 to 31 stab wounds are aimed at the area around this child’s heart, while she tries to protect herself with her aims. The stepdaughter falls straight down and bleeds to death,” Bergman told the court.

Earlier during the day the man had given signals that he was interested in the 13-year old.

“He had gone to great pains to be nice, he had tried to bring these girls into the adult world by offering them cigarettes, beer and spirits.”

“When his partner called home from the hospital where she was staying, he disconnected all the phones to get the girls for himself – particularly the 13-year old.”

His partner later called her daughter’s mobile and told the girls to go to bed. The man then told his stepdaughter to go into the bedroom where his 6-year old son was sleeping. According to the surviving girl, he then closed the door behind him. The girl heard her friend screaming from inside the bedroom. He later emerged with bloody clothes and a bloody knife in his hand.

“He told the 13-year old to lie next to him, but she did not obey of her own free will. He threatened her with the knife and had sex with her twice,” Bergman said.

The man then cut the girl with the knife, leaving her with superficial injuries. He told her that he would kill himself the next day, then he fell asleep. The girl fled the flat wearing only shoes and a coat and alerted the police and ambulance.

The prosecutor said the man had personality disorders, and has injected testosterone and drunk alcohol before the attacks.

“But I don’t believe that he doesn’t remember, he should at least have fragments of recollection,” Bergman said.