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Nine years for Zyklon B poisoning attempt

David Landes · 24 Jul 2009, 16:27

Published: 24 Jul 2009 16:27 GMT+02:00

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Prosecutors originally charged the man, who lives in Luleå in northern Sweden, with four counts of attempted murder.

They alleged that on four separate occasions between December 2008 and February 2009 he tried to poison his girlfriend using the Zyklon B pesticide, a cyanide-based chemical used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

According to prosecutors, the 32-year-old ordered enough of the poison from a Czech manufacturer to kill 42,000 people.

In attempting to kill his girlfriend the man first placed cyanide in her porridge. In a second poisoning attempt, he poured a bottle of calcium-cyanide solution on her face when he thought she was sleeping, the Expressen newspaper reports.

He also planted Zyklon B in the woman’s house and in her car, but on each occasion she escaped without injury.

Ultimately, however, the Luleå District Court convicted the man on only one count of attempted murder: for the time he poured calcium cyanide in his girlfriend’s mouth and nose, subjecting her to 18 times the lethal dose of the deadly hydrogen cyanide gas which had built up in the bottle.

According to the court, the remaining three poisoning attempts were cases of attempted assault and aggravated assault, according to Expressen.

The 32-year-old was also convicted of raping his girlfriend.

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In addition to the nine-year prison sentence, the man must also pay damages to his ex-girlfriend of 250,000 kronor ($33,600), about half of the amount she has requested.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:04 July 24, 2009 by Nemesis
The bit missing form this, is the guy should have been permanently put in a mental institution.

Enough to kill 42000 people. The Czech people who sold it to him, need to be put on trial for selling such a weapon to an individual wihtotu an industrial use.
18:17 July 24, 2009 by peropaco
Dear David Landes,

So please tell me who is it this person wanted to kill? Was it the wife or the girlfriend? There is a great deal of inconsistencies with this story. You wouldn't mind taking another look at what's published now would you?

Tack snälla
18:18 July 24, 2009 by Torvig
Even as she slept, this woman was stronger and smarter than that poor sap!

I hope that he receives some help/education for the self esteem adjustment that is bound to befall him.
18:18 July 24, 2009 by Dazzler
Just goes to show ya. If your going to murder someone in Sweden, you better do the job right and make sure they are dead, that way you can avoid those pesky long jail sentances.

Im only partially being sarcastic :p
11:13 July 25, 2009 by Harding00
So, how long until he is let out on a furlough and finishes the job?
20:21 July 25, 2009 by powerofknowledge
ooh God

I think 9 yrs is not enough for such person in addition he needs psychological treatment

If u dont like here just let here go why do u kill her??!

AND why anyone can buy such a dangerous material without guarantee or survelance i dont understand where is the law force?
15:19 July 27, 2009 by Aussie_Downunder
That's just retarded, well only in Sweden I guess..
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