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Indictment reveals gruesome details

TT/The Local · 23 Jul 2008, 14:17

Published: 23 Jul 2008 14:17 GMT+02:00

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The 32-year-old German woman was charged on Wednesday morning with the murder of three-year-old Max and his two-year-old sister Saga, as well as the attempted murder of their mother, Emma Jangestig, in Arboga on March 17th.

The charges submitted to Västmanland district court on Wednesday told how the woman "with a hammer or hammer-like instrument repeatedly beat the children and their mother on their heads and bodies."

On the evening of March 17th the children and their 23-year-old mother were found bloody and beaten in the family home in Arboga.

The children later died in hospital while Jangestig spent an extended period in care and eventually recovered.

The charges confirmed reports that there is no DNA evidence which links the 32-year-old to the the house in Arboga.

"But the body of evidence which exists means that there are a raft of circumstances that are particularly compromising," said prosecutor Frieda Gummesson in a press conference on Wednesday morning.

The children's father was initially arrested for the double murders a couple of hours after the discovery of their bodies.

He was released two days later and police suspicions soon turned to the 32-year-old German woman who is a former girlfriend of the mother's current partner.

German daily Hannoversche Allgemeine, the newspaper from the suspect's hometown of Hannover, has identified the woman as Christine S. and her ex-boyfriend, Jangestig's current partner, as Torgny H.

Christine S. was confirmed to have been in Arboga that night. She left Sweden shortly after via Nyköping Skavsta Airport but was later arrested in Germany.

The charges detail that the 32-year-old suspect admits to being in Arboga on the night of the murders but claims that she was there to look for a rune stone.

She has however been unable to confirm the route she took.

Details have also emerged indicating that she was so keen to make the journey to Arboga that she had borrowed money from a friend to make the trip.

Several witnesses have confirmed that they saw a woman fitting the description of Christine S. in the area of the young family's home in the days prior to the crime as well as immediately before the murders were committed.

The prosecutor, Frieda Gummesson, does not believe that the suspect's explanations are realistic and contends that the murder was planned.

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Christine S. has kept a diary detailing her feelings around the journey to Sweden and for her former boyfriend.

"I hate what he did to me. Took from me. It is difficult to describe. I have never felt this way before, but he has broken something inside me. I feel like he has chewed me up and spat me out," Christine S. wrote in her diaries according to the newspaper Expressen.

The diaries confirm that her break up with Torgny H. had left her feeling emotionally very unstable and suicidal.

"It feels so terrible and I don't want to feel this way for the rest of my life. I love you. I miss you. I dream about you but even then you don't talk to me. That makes me so unhappy. But how can I change it? I have no idea...You can carry on playing with your little family. I do what is best for me."

The German woman denies all charges.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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