Knutby pastor becomes engaged

Pastor Helge Fossmo, who encouraged his nanny to kill his wife by sending text messages purporting to be from God, has become engaged from his cell in Kumla high-security jail.

Fossmo, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004 for incitement to murder, has told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that he and his fiancée came into contact after becoming pen-friends. The woman, who came to Fossmo’s trial, confirmed the engagement to Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

Fossmo was a pastor in the now-notorious evangelical sect in Knutby, near Uppsala. As well as convicted of incitement to the murder of his second wife, he was also convicted on two counts of incitement to attempted murder. He sent text messages to nanny Sara Svensson, in which ‘God’ told her to kill Fossmo’s wife and neighbour.

The pastor’s first wife was found dead in the bath in 1999. The death was investigated by police after the murder of his second wife, but Fossmo was cleared of any wrongdoing in that case.