The incident took place in December 6th of last year following a fracas involving rival motorcycle gangs the night before.
The following day, a 44-year-old labourer from Poland, who investigators now believe had nothing to do with the incident, became the victim of one of the most vicious murders in Gothenburg of the last decade.
“I can state that the victim was alive when someone set him on fire. The man had previously been seriously stabbed and slashed with an axe,” said prosecutor Göran Hansson to the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper.
The 29-year-old, who has ties to the Red & White Crew (RWC), a division of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang, has admitted to involvement in the crime.
The accused, who describes himself as having a fixation with violence, has been judged mentally sound by forensic psychiatrists.
However, there are indications that he may be sentenced to some form of psychiatric care if convicted.
According to GP, it took police quite a long time to identify the 44-year-old victim, a Polish citizen who was working as a handyman on temporary employment visa.
Two other men with ties to the RWC were also detained in connection with the crime, but were later released after a month in custody.
However, one of the men, a 24-year-old, was arrested a few days later and will shortly stand trial on charges of having murdered a vegetable vendor in Säve, north of Gothenburg at the end of January.