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TORTURE

Prison for mum who cut kids with glass and nails

A 30-year-old woman from western Stockholm charged with subjecting her three children to ‘torture-like abuse’ has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Prison for mum who cut kids with glass and nails

The woman was suspected of carrying out several types of gruesome acts against her young children, aged two, five, and seven respectively.

According to the indictment, the mother had stuck pieces of glass into the feet of her seven-year-old daughter and hit her five-year-old son with a broom. Both children had also been cut with nails.

When authorities took the three children into custody in June, they were dirty, hungry and covered with scabs and bruises.

In interviews with police, the children said their mother kept them locked in their apartment, depriving them of contact with the outside world.

“It doesn’t feel good in my heart. She’s not so nice, our mum; she doesn’t like us,” the seven-year-old girl told police, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The children had previously been placed under state care, but the mother regained custody of them in May 2008 until her arrest in June.

The woman, who also operated a website offering advice on how to deal with cases of the “unjustified” placement of children in the custody of the state, denies the charges against her.

The district court in Solna outside of Stockholm nevertheless convicted her for gross violation of a person’s integrity (grov fridskränkning).

In addition to spending time in prison, the abusive mother was also ordered to pay each child 58,800 kronor ($8,300) in compensation.

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RANKING

Solna voted best place to live in Sweden

Solna, a suburb just north of Stockholm, is the best place to live in Sweden, according to a new ranking published on Friday by Swedish news magazine Fokus.

Solna voted best place to live in Sweden

In this year’s ranking, Greater Stockholm was blessed with four suburbs inside the country’s top five spots. Nacka came in second, Lidingö third, and Danderyd fifth. Lund in the nation’s south made the fourth place.

Solna, meanwhile, rocketed to first place despite a lowly 22nd in last year’s ranking. The suburb, Sweden’s third smallest in terms of geographic size, boasts the new Friends Arena, as well as three of Sweden’s royal palaces.

Solna was voted as the best to be young in, and the second best to have a family.

IN PICTURES: The top ten places to live in Sweden

Fokus magazine has published the list annually for the past eight years, ranking all of Sweden’s 290 Swedish municipalities based on factors ranging from unemployment to teacher-pupil ratios, property prices, number of people on benefits, and tax rates.

Last’s year’s top place to live, Habo, inexplicably plummeted to 66th this year, despite also topping the list in 2010.

As for Sweden’s other major cities, Stockholm came in at number 7, Uppsala at 24, and Gothenburg soared 100 places from last year to 107th.

On the other end of the scale, Flen, Perstorp, and Grums were ranked as the worst municipalities to live.

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