81-year-old axe murderer sentenced to prison
TT/The Local · 18 Jul 2009, 09:19
Published: 18 Jul 2009 09:19 GMT+02:00
The 67-year-old woman and 81-year-old man met at the beginning of the 1980s. Despite the fact that their relationship began to deteriorate after a few years, they continued to live together.
When they woke up on the morning of May 11, they hadn't spoken to each other since November of the previous year, which the man experienced as a difficult period.
According to his own testimony, the man asked the woman if they couldn't speak properly to each other, but she never replied. Then he went into the garage and got an axe, returned to the house and stood behind the woman and hit her in the head.
The forensics report confirms the woman was hit at least four times by the axe.
The district court found that the man clearly had time to plan the attack, and that he exposed the woman to extreme violence in a situation where she was entirely unable to defend herself.
The 81-year-old was ordered to pay damages of almost 100,000 kronor ($13,000) to the woman's sister and the woman's estate.
Norrtälje district court issued a lesser sentence than that presribed by law after taking the man's age into consideration, as well as the fact that he pleaded guilty. Prior to July 1, the sentence for murder was ten years, but this has been increased to a maximum of 18 years.
The man's lawyer, Matrin Cullberg, told TT that his client will not appeal the decision.