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‘Louise’ writes letter of thanks ‘to all who care’

'Louise', the girl who was forced to have sex with her father hundreds of times over a five year period, has written an open letter thanking all those who have helped her to cope with her trauma.

In the letter, published on the website of SVT’s documentary series Uppdrag Granskning, she also called for an explanation from social services in Vetlanda.

“I want to thank all of you who have shown that you care about me,” she wrote, referring in particular to two women at the foster home where she currently lives.

At the end of the letter, she addressed social services in Vetlanda directly: “Why did I not get any help when I most needed it? You have said that I should have got help and that what you did was wrong. But you haven’t said why,” she wrote.

Social service officials in the town in southern Sweden issued a formal apology to Louise earlier this week. On Thursday, senior official Boo Hedbrant took responsibility for the council’s failure to act and resigned.

The girl had been thrown out by her mother from her home in Gothenburg in 2001. Social services placed the girl with her father after visiting his apartment in Vetlanda, southern Sweden. They reported that the flat was “pleasant and light” and in a “child-friendly area.”

Social services failed to note that at the time his daughter went to live with him the father was on leave from a secure psychiatric hospital, where he had been sent after being convicted of attempted murder.

What followed was years of abuse. The girl was raped hundreds of times by her father, and lived in squalid conditions at a series of homes in the county of Småland. At one point she lived in a car. She almost never went to school.

The girl’s ordeal was detailed in Uppdrag Granskning. The programme, shown on Tuesday, revealed that in 2002 the girl’s father took her hostage and openly threatened to kill her. Despite being informed about this and receiving several other warnings about the girl’s situation, social services in Vetlanda did not intervene.

Ola Götesson, head of Vetlanda Social Services, responded to the documentary at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon:

“The criticism is justified. We have failed in our handling of this and not done our job,” he said.

“I am sorry for what has happened, and would like to apologize to the girl. This is a child who has been in a bad situation over a long period,” he said.

The girl escaped in 2006, and her father was arrested, prosecuted and convicted of raping his daughter. He denied the charges against him, but was found guilty and sent to a secure mental hospital. He was also ordered to pay 230,000 kronor in damages to his daughter. Vetlanda Social Services have previously been slammed by Småland County Administrative Board for their handling of the case.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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