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Murder suspect moved fiancée’s body: court

A man accused of murdering his fiancée has been found guilty of moving and hiding her body after her death.

Murder suspect moved fiancée's body: court

Mats Alm, 35, was cleared last month of murdering Linda Chen. But on Wednesday Falun District Court sentenced him to eighteen months in prison for the crime of disturbing the peace of the dead.

In its ruling, Falun District Court said it had found convincing evidence that Alm had moved and hidden Linda Chen’s body after her death. It said, however, that it had not been proven that he had killed her.

Prosecutors have maintained that Alm murdered his partner to access a life insurance payout of around 1 million kronor. The murder and manslaughter charges fell partly because autopsies were unable to establish the cause of death.

A psychiatric examination of Alm did not reveal any serious mental disorders.

Alm, who was held on remand for almost ten months, was released from custody on 7th July ahead of the verdict. It is possible that he will not be required to serve further time.

Mats Alm first reported Linda Chen, 32, as missing on August 2nd last year. The couple, who lived together in Falun, had planned to marry the following week. Alm participated in the search for his fiancée and spoke on TV about his distress at her disappearance.

In mid-September, Alm himself went missing. After three days he was found with minor burns and in a confused state on a road between Falun and Rättvik. He told the man who found him that he had discovered his missing fiancée dead in the woods. The body was then recovered by police, after which Alm was arrested and charged with murder.

Alm told police that he had been kidnapped, drugged and held in the trunk of a car by two unidentified men. Police were later able to cast doubt on his story after it emerged that he had used his computer to go online during the period he claimed to have been kidnapped.

Alm went on trial in March for murder, with an alternative charge of manslaughter and an additional charge of disturbing the peace of the dead.

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CAREMA

Man with dementia left to die in front of TV

A dying man was left alone, as Carema neglected to put in extra staff to watch over him. Instead, the demented man's last hours were spent alone on a chair, in front of the television.

Man with dementia left to die in front of TV

The storm surrounding private care company Carema continues to grow, as two Carema geriatric homes Norshöjden and Korsnäsgården in Falun, in central Sweden, have been accused of severe flaws, reported Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Despite promising the municipality that they had the required dietician and physiotherapist on board, the homes were revealed to have lied. When the dietician and physiotherapist that Carema claimed to have hired were contacted, both stated that they had no contract with Carema.

According to Anna Wikberg, manager of Norshöjden, this was due to the home switching dietician and physiotherapist recently.

“Now we’ve found a solution, but this sort of thing can happen when someone quits,” she said to DN.

An intern working at Korsnäsgården this spring revealed the incident with the dying man left alone, despite severe pain and fear of death.

“This can’t be allowed. A person shouldn’t have to die alone, with the TV as last company. Extra staff has to be put in,” said the intern to DN.

“The management is suggesting that the death occurred rapidly and unexpectedly, but that isn’t true. He was pumped full of morphine, which is only done if the person is dying,” said the intern.

Korsnäsgården responded to this criticism by accusing the intern of breaking confidentiality, and manager Helene Sundgren is unwilling to comment further on the matter.

Over the past couple of weeks, several Carema-run homes have been revealed to have significant flaws, from unchanged diapers to poor working environment. The scandal has led to raised voices for tightened quality control of elderly homes.

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