The victim received several blows to the head with an axe before having her head shoved under the water in a bog until she stopped breathing. Her body was later buried in a nearby forest.
The three suspects were charged On Friday at Gävle District Court. A police investigation into the murder has painted a picture of a sustained and violent attack.
“The sequence of events was long and drawn out. The woman understood that she was going to be killed and must have experienced great mortal anxiety,” prosecutor Mikael Hammarstrand told the TT news agency.
The suspects, all of whom were acquainted with the victim, consist of two men, aged 26 and 36, as well as a 27-year-old woman. The men have been charged with murder, while the woman faces a charge of attempted murder.
Some time prior to the attack, the men got into an argument with the victim over narcotics and an alleged sexual assault. According to the prosecutor, the men made a decision to take her life.
On May 2nd 2006 the two men drove to her apartment in Sandviken. There they they threatened her with an axe and forced her into the car.
In the nearby town of Hofors they then picked up the 27-year-old woman, who took over behind the wheel.
At Korsåvägen outside the town they pulled over, dragged the 35-year-old out of the car and bundled her violently into the trunk.
They then continued driving until they reached a dirt road far outside Hofors.
On being pulled out of the trunk, the shocked 35-year-old tried to run away. Her attempts to flee were cut short however by a blow to the head with an axe.
Despite being injured, she attempted once more to escape but her feet soon became stuck in the wet ground.
Again the men struck her in the head with the axe. The woman’s ordeal finally came to an end when the men pushed her head into the bog and held it there until her breathing ceased.
Her dead body was then placed in the trunk of the car and all three suspects returned to the 27-year-old woman’s apartment.
The next day they took the victim’s body to a forested area outside Hofors, where they set the corpse alight inside a car. The charred remains were then buried in nearby Olshyttan.
The woman was reported missing the following week. It was not until seven months later however that police discovered the burnt out car and began putting together the pieces of the puzzle.
Several months later, in May of this year, police finally recovered the missing woman’s body.
Having found the body, it did not take long for police to track down and arrest the suspects.
“The men deny the charges but admit that they were at the murder scene. They are having difficulty explaining why the woman was killed. The 27-year-old woman has provided the best explanation. She has made a partial admission,” said Mikael Hammarstrand.