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Police station cat killer under arrest

TT/The Local · 19 Aug 2009, 11:56

Published: 19 Aug 2009 11:56 GMT+02:00

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The young man also confessed to several other cases of cruelty to animals when handed himself over to police in Lerum, a town outside Gothenburg in southwestern Sweden. He is currently under medical observation.

"My client is responsive but he's in a very bad condition," lawyer Göran Franzén told the TT news agency.

Prior to revealing his identity, the perpetrator had claimed responsibility for some twenty cases of cruelty to animals in an anonymous note posted alongside the dead cat on the police station door.

Cats were the focus of a number of his attacks. One dead cat was pushed through a letter box, while another was hung by a measuring tape from a door handle at the local district court. He also tortured a dog by cutting off its tail and ears.

Police had already isolated the 20-year-old as one of their main suspects following several leads from members of the public. He was taken in for questioning in connection with a wave of attacks on animals in Lerum but was later released.

On Tuesday morning the 20-year-old contacted police and confessed to the attacks, which have upset animal lovers across Sweden.

In a statement issued by the police, the man's family have asked to be left alone.

"The family have been living under an awful lot of pressure," said Franzén.

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"I don't want to speculate on the nature of the illness, or the reason he has given for torturing the animals. But he is being attended to by doctors while he is being detained."

The 20-year-old is expected to be remanded in custody. Franzén said he did not wish to speculate on any eventual custodial consequences for his client.

"It's too early to say. Indictments for cruelty to animals are unusual, and are generally related to cases of neglect in the care of animals. The issue of whether my client will be sentenced to prison or institutional care is something everyone realises will come up during the trial," said Franzén.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:34 August 19, 2009 by travels
Nail him to the wall (send him to jail) and never let him out. This guy is dangerous!!
21:54 August 19, 2009 by Ladybadone
Well the way the swedish law is he will just have to be considered in need of psychiatric care and he will get off. They should lock him up forever.
23:22 August 19, 2009 by lingonberrie
This twenty year old should be taken to the nearest large body of water that supports great white sharks, specfically pregnant great white sharks, and left in a rubber life-raft, and watched until one of the hungry white-pointers nails him.

Retrieve the life-raft for the next such aberrant. Great whites, like most sharks, can leap twenty feet out of the water to attack prey. Hybngry great whites might leap even further.
23:50 August 19, 2009 by dtes
i would love to give this scum a little treat, please let his name get leaked, we will give him a house warming gift!
01:35 August 20, 2009 by delusion1982
It seems you all are not that much better than him actually!!
01:59 August 20, 2009 by martell
Something has gone VERY VERY WRONG in the lives of people torturing animals.

Especially cats and horses seem to play a role in pathological misogynic behavior.

Keep these people out of society.
09:09 August 20, 2009 by soultraveler3
What a sicko!! They should lock him up and throw away the key.

I've seen studies that say that every single serial killer, ever known, has a history of torturing animals. Not everyone who does it becomes serial killers but every single serial killer has done it.

There's something very, very wrong with an individual that can take an animal, the most innocent of creatures and get a sick pleasure out of causing it pain and suffering.

This young man is dangerous, I hope Sweden realizes it and protects the animals and humans in this country.
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