The man was convicted three months ago of ‘disturbing the peace of the dead’ and sentenced to institutional care in the town of Sala in central Sweden. He was also convicted of theft, drink driving and burning down a church.
But, following a doctor’s recommendation, the county court recently came to the conclusion that the clinic was free to let the man out on parole.
“The risk of a relapse into abuse, criminality or other undesirable behaviour is judged to be negligible,” the doctor wrote.
It was not particularly difficult then for the man to make his getaway. At 1 p.m. on Wednesday he just walked out of the clinic, according to Aftonbladet.
He then took the train from Sala to Västerås. But when he was seen behaving strangely outside a church in Skerike, a few kilometres outside Västerås, some people alerted the authorities and he was recaptured.
He had brought a few cans of extra-strong beer with him to the church, according to the newspaper.
Chief prosecutor Barbro Stegler has taken a very dim view of the 43-year-old’s adventure.
“I have of course removed all his privileges.
“Now we must examine whether any mistakes were made and why it turned out like this,” Stegler told Aftonbladet.
The prosecutor, who has since spoken to the man, does not think he committed any new crimes during the few hours away from the clinic.
“It didn’t sound like it. He just seems to have staggered around drinking beer,” said Stegler.