Ten years for plank murder

A 24-year-old dance instructor has been sentenced to ten years in jail for the brutal murder of a 39-year-old woman in Strömstad.

The woman was on holiday in the western Swedish town in July when she met the 24-year-old at a popular nightclub one evening. The two ended up leaving the venue together.

Together they walked to an alleyway near the centre of the coastal town. According to the man, the woman began mocking him when he was unable to perform a sex act.

In his drunken state, he said that he lost his temper and pushed the woman to the ground. He told police that he wanted the woman to feel the same pain that he felt.

The next day the victim was found lying dead in the alleyway. A broken plank was found nearby smeared with the dead woman’s blood and hair.

The 24-year-old admitted to the charges of aggravated assault and manslaughter but denied having intended to kill the woman.

In its verdict, the district court wrote that that although the murder “could be seen to merit a sentence of more than ten years,” it was not considered exceptional enough warrant a life sentence.

Justice Minister Beatrice Ask recently requested a judicial review into sentencing procedures following a controversial Supreme Court ruling earlier this year placing a ten year maximum on time limited murder sentences.