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Man admits to daughter’s ‘honour killing’ murder

A man suspected of killing his 21-year-old daughter in Katrineholm in central Sweden admitted on Tuesday to murdering her in what his lawyer described as a possible honour killing.

Man admits to daughter's 'honour killing' murder

“I am not sure that the case meets all the criteria to be classified as honour-related, but it leans in that direction,” lawyer Bo Johansson said on Wednesday.

The woman’s body was found on Monday morning at 9am after her father went to the police and reported what had happened, after which he was arrested, according to the local Södermanlands Nyheter daily on Monday.

“There was no specific event that triggered the murder, but something has been bottled up in him for a long time,” explained Johansson.

“The woman was previously married and there are events in connection with the divorce that may have triggered the whole incident,” he added.

However, prosecutor Anna Carlsson Lundh asserted that the motive is not yet clear.

“The murder may be honour-related, but the motive could also be something else. We have not restricted ourselves to any one theory. It remains unclear what is behind this crime,” she said.

Police would not comment on the subject.

“It is too early to divulge any details about what the man said during questioning. I do not want to say anything about the motive for the sake of the investigation. It would be inappropriate,” said Michael Backman, operations director of the county criminal investigation department in Södermanland.

“However, I can say that the man provided information that can be considered an admission,” he added.

Authorities performed an autopsy on the woman on Wednesday. Police will receive details about her stabbing injuries.

“We have a knife from the seizure that we believe is the murder weapon. It will be interesting to compare the woman’s injuries with the information the man provided and see if they match,” said Backman.

The man will face the detention judge in Nyköping district court on Thursday.

POLITICS

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.

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