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Fiancé not guilty of Linda Chen murder: court

TT/The Local · 28 May 2010, 14:15

Published: 28 May 2010 14:15 GMT+02:00

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The court has found Alm guilty of disturbing the peace of the dead but not of the alternative charges of murder and manslaughter. Alm will be cleared of charges of killing his fiancée when the final verdict is released later this summer.

The court indicated on Friday that it was convinced Alm had moved Chen’s body and hidden it in a woodland area in Bertilsbo Norra outside Leksand in central Sweden. The suspect is to remain in custody until sentencing in a case that has generated huge media interest.

The court also called for Alm to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before a final verdict is reached. The outcome of the examination will determine whether the 35-year-old can be sentenced to imprisonment. If found to suffer from a psychiatric disturbance Alm will instead be transferred into psychiatric care.

Prosecutor Niclas Eltenius said he was not entirely surprised by the district court’s decision.

“The position we now find ourselves in was a possible scenario and is one that we can live with for now. I would have been surprised if the man had been released. Now we’ll await the verdict before deciding whether to appeal,” he said.

The complicated nature of the case meant that it took almost eight months to piece together before the trial against Alm finally opened in late March.

Linda Chen was reported missing on August 2nd 2009, a week before she was due to be married to Mats Alm.

Alm appealed to the tabloid press and to TV3's Efterlyst crime watch programme for help in finding his missing fiancée.

His appearance on the show in September prompted renowned Swedish criminology professor, Leif G W Persson, to claim "an innocent person has no interest in being on television and crying." Persson's comment led to Alm's inclusion among the possible suspects in the case.

A few days after his appearance on the television show, Alm disappeared from his workplace in Borlänge in central Sweden and remained missing for three days, including a scheduled appointment with investigators.

On September 18th, the same day that Alm was officially reported missing, he was found near woodland with burns injuries and claiming to have found the dead Linda Chen.

On September 22nd Alm was remanded into custody on suspicion of the murder of his fiancée after having undergone a psychological examination.

Alm denied the charges, and in police interviews claimed that he had been kidnapped by unknown men who had drugged him and kept him locked in the boot of a car.

A physical examination showed no traces of Alm having been drugged.

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Alm further claimed that the mysterious men released him in woodland after three days and he awoke near the body of his deceased fiancée.

Witnesses testified that Alm was spotted in Borlänge during the period when he claims to have been kidnapped. Police also uncovered film evidence of Alm which places him in Stockholm on September 16th.

Police suspected that Alm spent some of his time in Stockholm at the city library where investigators claimed he spent time researching media coverage of the Chen case as well as figuring out transport alternatives to Bollnäs, a town in north central Sweden near where the body was later found.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:32 May 28, 2010 by bbeynch
Jeeez! Does anyone ever get convicted for anything any more in Sweden? The criminals must love this country.
16:42 May 28, 2010 by Tennin
He had a really good lawyer.
16:50 May 28, 2010 by Authentica
Sweden should shut down it's prisons and expand the psychiatric care institutions instead.
16:57 May 28, 2010 by planethero
lol, words fail me.

not lol for the poor girl tho.
19:14 May 28, 2010 by Puffin
Really bizarre case with virtually no evidence - all the legal experts said there would be no conviction - and a very strange defendent and it has to be said some strange things came to light about the victim during the trial evidence - especially from neighbours

The victim was apparently previously the victim of an attempted murder in 1999 - long before she met the defendant

The victim also has a very weird past according to the evidence at the trial - she had been married twice before and rumours of being involved in an arranged marriage scam by taking money for weddings.

According to a neighbour who gave evidence at the trial before the defendent moved in there were several men living in her appartment and there were arguments and fights between Linda Chen and these men - one night the Linda Chen threw things out the window and screamed for the neighbours help saying that these other guys were trying to kill her.....

So a really stange case - don't really know what to make of it
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