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Well-known artist beat 63-year-old to death

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10:34 CEST+02:00
A well-known artist and illustrator has been detained in police custody on manslaughter charges after admitting she beat a 63-year-old acquaintance to death.

The man was killed on 18 July in his summer cottage outside Molkom in western Sweden. According to the female suspect, she acted in self-defense. However, she failed to report the incident and went on holiday with her son soon afterwards.

Meanwhile, the dead man's live-in partner was desperately looking for her missing partner who seemed to have disappeared mysteriously. He had not told her where he was going and had simply driven off.

His decomposing body was finally discovered last Sunday in the summer cottage he shared with another person.

Police questioned the dead man's circle of friends and acquaintances, including the accused woman. Prosecutor Barbro Brännlund told Expressen newspaper that it soon become evident that the suspect was withholding the truth.

On Friday, the suspect admitted to killing the man with a hammer, but according to her lawyer Ingalena Bjellman, this was self-defense.

However, the suspect is unable to explain why she didn't report the incident to police straight away. Instead, she drove the man's car away from his cottage and dumped the weapon in a rubbish container.

The woman has no earlier convictions and is a respected member of the community. As a suspect, her identity is protected under Swedish law.

The prosecution had requested a murder charge but the court chose to charge the suspect with manslaughter.

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