Earlier in the summer, the man was suspected of being behind a series of violent rapes in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta. However, police could only connect the man to two of the cases, a brutal attack of a young woman in Spånga on May 3rd and a similar attack of another young woman in Spånga on May 25th.
The man has now been convicted of aggravated rape and attempted rape. He has also been ordered to pay 182,000 ($26,000) to both victims. After serving his sentence, the man may not return to Sweden prior to 2024.
The man is an international fugitive and has an extradition request has been filed by authorities in Belgium, where he is suspected of raping at least five women.
In the attack on May 3rd, the man broke into the woman’s residence, hit her 30 times in the head, got a stranglehold on her neck and violently forced her to perform oral sex.
During the trial, the woman testified about the humiliation, the brutal violence and the fear she felt. She was convinced that the man was going to kill her.
The second attack occurred in a similar manner, but the woman was able to yell for help and put up so much resistance that the man gave up and fled.