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Police catch up with 79-year-old sex offender

TT/The Local · 18 Aug 2010, 08:08

Published: 18 Aug 2010 08:08 GMT+02:00

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The 79-year-old was found on a train from Stockholm to Oslo and was arrested in Charlottenberg, the last stop before the border.

"Several people called, independent of each other, from the train and informed the police that the wanted 79-year-old was on board," said Morgan Connedal at Värmland police to news agency TT.

Rail operator SJ halted the train between stations so that police units were able to make it to Charlottenberg where the man could be detained.

The arrest was conducted without any drama, according to Connedal.

Police drove Eriksson back to Sankt Göran's Hospital in Stockholm during the night.

The man has told police that he took a taxi to Strängnäs from Mariefred where he was able to evade his two supervisors during home leave. From Strängnäs he continued his escape by train.

Sten Erik Eriksson has been convicted of a raft of serious sex offences against children and for the murder of a little boy. He has spent a large part of his life in custody and is still regarded as dangerous, especially for small children.

Police sounded a national alarm after the man classified as a dangerous paedophile was able to escape.

According to the Aftonbladet daily, Eriksson was first convicted in the 1940s and was taken into what was then known as a mental institution. He has been convicted for violent offences involving children, and for the rape and murder of a little boy in 1967.

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After the murder he was placed in psychiatric care and has since then been interned at Karsudden's hospital outside of Katrineholm and Sankt Sigfrid's hospital in Växjö. Over the past six months he has been at Sankt Göran's hospital in Stockholm.

Eriksson has previously escaped on several occasions. In 1998 he ran from supervisors during a leave of absence from Sankt Sigfrid's hospital and was arrested several days later in Örnsköldsvik.

It is as yet unclear how the man was able to evade his supervisors in Mariefred.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:45 August 18, 2010 by hjoian
and for those of you that think all paedophilles are misunderstood and just need a little help, then read this again!! This man proves that some paedophilles would be better off dead than wasting tax payers money....there is NO cure.
09:48 August 18, 2010 by louis vuitton handbags
he should accept punishment.
11:24 August 18, 2010 by Audrian
Why is this mentally drenged man left loose to offend repetitively?
12:14 August 18, 2010 by StockholmSam
Why didn't the people on the train simply beat the stuffing out of him?
13:10 August 18, 2010 by Tennin
So this man is that dangerous according to the Swedish police, then why on earth was he allowed to go on homeleave??? I think all pedos are dangerous and should be casterated and locked up for life.

Haven't they learned this homeleave thing doesn't always work seems like a lot people try to escape. All this pedo needs is one less than an hour unattended and a kid and he'll be back to his old habits. Letting these people go free just creates more victims later on down the road.
13:29 August 18, 2010 by eZee.se
Prime candidate for castration if you ask me.

Not only did he harm little children, he murdered one as well, I say castration with a fork or a rusty instrument for this monster.
13:58 August 18, 2010 by Swedesmith

14:01 August 18, 2010 by spo10
His two supervisors should know better judging from the fact that he have previous records of having been able to escape from earlier years. I daresay the supervisors be investigated and somehow be punished for their recklessness.
14:32 August 18, 2010 by Åskar

If I understand correctly he wasn't exactly on a home leave, he was attending a funeral.
17:28 August 18, 2010 by mjennin2
Can someone please explain to me what "home leave" is? Please do not tell me that Sverige allows it's pedophilic murders to go home from jail/institution for holiday?
19:25 August 18, 2010 by Byggare Bob
02:29 August 19, 2010 by asee
I think, Islam has severe punishment for these kind of people, stone to death.... why cannot we kill him instead of ruining several lives, as he's convicted of killing a little boy...
04:57 August 19, 2010 by Da Goat
perhaps the ball and chain through his penis fell out!

I reckon a penisectomy would be just as good as locking him up and if that failed chop his fingers off too then he would be rendered safe for the public !
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