Woman beaten to death with plank

A 24-year-old dance instructor has been charged with the brutal murder of a 39-year-old woman in Strömstad, Expressen reports.

The woman had come to the western Swedish town for a visit in July. She met the 24-year-old at a popular nightclub one evening and the two ended up leaving the venue together.

Having walked to an alleyway near the centre of the coastal town, the suspect claims that the woman began mocking him.

In his drunken state he says that he lost his temper and pushed the woman to the ground.

According to the charges brought against him, he then picked up a plank and beat her repeatedly across the head, to the extent that wood split in several places. Police later found the alleged murder weapon, which is regarded as a potentially crucial piece of evidence when the case goes to trial next Thursday.

“I am charging the man with murder and will recommend a life sentence,” said public prosecutor Per-Åke Kvarnström.

The woman died from the serious head injuries she sustained in the attack. The man has admitted to striking the victim but claims to have stopped after the second or third blow. He rejects the murder charge on the grounds that he did not intend to kill the woman.


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.