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Woman ‘killed while picking flowers’: police

Police in western Sweden have launched a murder investigation after a woman in her seventies was found dead in a woodland area outside Halmstad on Saturday.

The identity of the victim has not yet been ascertained but police said the woman had been subjected to violence. There have so far been no arrests in the case.

The woman’s body was found by two people out picking flowers in the woods near Kistinge industrial zone south of Halmstad. Police believe the woman was killed around lunch time on Saturday.

Superintendent Lars Hamrén believed the woman had been killed at the spot where her body was found. He declined to comment on the nature of her injuries or the likely cause of death.

“We believe the woman had cycled to the woods to pick flowers when this happened to her,” he said.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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