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German suspect 'lying about pregnancy'

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15:12 CEST+02:00
More witnesses appeared in court on Tuesday to say they do not believe Arboga child murder suspect Christine Schürrer gave birth to a baby last September, as she has claimed.

Schürrer's landlady was in court on Tuesday and was absolutely sure that the 32-year-old German could not have been pregnant when she rented a room from her in Skarpnäck, south of Stockholm, last year.

"Absolutely not", she said.

A male friend of Schürrer's also testified on Tuesday to say that the suspect could not have been pregnant last September.

Both these witnesses further stated that they have seen the suspect wearing a pair of shoes that the prosecution believes she wore on the day of the murder.

The suspect claims she never wore them in Sweden, and threw the shoes away in Germany. However, one of Tuesday's witnesses had a photo of her wearing them at a crayfish party in Sweden last year.

He is the third witness to cast doubt on many of the suspect's statements. On Monday, another male friend of Schürrer's testified that she could not have been heavily pregnant last September.

The suspect claims that she had a child fathered by her ex-boyfriend Torgny Hellberg. The prosecution is trying to establish that the suspect is a prone to telling lies and was obsessed with her ex.

It was Hellberg who discovered the bloodied bodies of his girlfriend Emma Jangestig and her two toddlers, Saga and Max, on the floor of the home they shared in Arboga in March of this year.

Several months after their break up, Schürrer sent a letter to Hellberg explaining that she had given birth to his child and given it up for adoption.

Schürrer's former landlady testified in court on Tuesday that the suspect had returned home at midnight on the day of the murders, before leaving for Germany the next day.

She noticed the suspect's return as the German woman kept her awake all night, making a lot of noise moving around the flat.

The trial is set to continue on Wednesday.

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