Arboga murders suspect remanded into custody

The German woman suspected in connection with the Arboga child murders in March was remanded to remain in custody in Västerås on Saturday. The woman is also being held on suspicion of the attempted murder of the children's mother.

The 31-year-old woman appeared impassive when she heard the prosecutor read out the charges in the case: murder of the two children and attempted murder of their 23-year-old mother.

After the 20 minute hearing the district prosecutor, Frieda Gummesson, was unwilling to comment on the body of evidence in the investigation.

Gummesson said only that she was happy with the remand hearing and the decision and left the district court in Västerås without further delay.

The 31-year-old woman’s lawyer, Per-Ingvar Ekblad, took the time to talk to the assembled media but said little to shed any light on the ongoing investigation. Ekblad plans to submit an appeal against the remand decision on Monday on behalf of his client.

“I do not think that the information presented in the remand hearing is sufficient to hold someone on probable cause. I am therefore going to appeal the decision to the court of appeal on Monday.”

Ekblad maintained that the prosecutors case was based on circumstantial evidence.

During the remand hearing the 31-year-old woman sat still with her hands folded in her knee. She confirmed to the court that she could understand Swedish but requested that the court proceedings be translated in to German by an interpreter.

The remand hearing in Västerås on Saturday was the fifth involving the woman since the murders on March 17th but the first in which she has been present.