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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.

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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