Man gets life for double murder

A 32-year-old man has been awarded a life sentence for the murder last year of a couple in rural Skåne.

The victims, a 48-year-old man and his partner, a 46-year-old woman, were stabbed to death in May in Ludvigsborg, a small village between the towns of Höör and Hörby.

The man was found in the doorway of an apartment block and the woman in a nearby building. The 32-year-old was arrested soon afterwards.

According to the prosecutor, an unpaid drugs debt represented a probable motive for the murder. The accused man denied killing the couple.

On May 7th a group of schoolchildren witnessed the 48-year-old male victim coming out of a building covered in blood before falling to the ground.

The 32-year-old man lived in Ludvigsborg and was acquainted with the murdered couple. Telephone surveillance revealed that he owed money to the 46-year-old woman, who made concerted attempts to get him to pay her the money.

After a recent Supreme Court ruling it has become unusual for courts to apply a maximum life sentence. In this case however the district court was unanimous in its decision following the brutal double murder.

According to the court, the victims were stabbed repeatedy by the 32-year-old, who was also ordered to pay 200,000 kronor in damages to the families of the two victims.