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Murdered mum with dog leash, sentenced to life

TT/The Local/pvs · 28 Dec 2010, 11:56

Published: 28 Dec 2010 11:56 GMT+01:00

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The woman was previously freed by the district court of the killings, but the appeals court on Tuesday found her guilty despite the dissension of one of the appeals court judges.

Both murders took place during the winter in Värnamo, 170 km southeast of Gothenburg. In the first killing, a woman was found dead in December, having been strangled with a piece of wire.

The woman's mother was killed in February. The murderer had killed her using plastic bags and a dog leash, which she used to strangle her.

The accused woman denied both murders and and after the first killing, the authorities were uncertain whether a crime had been committed at all, with suicide initially suspected.

However, this version of events was rejected by the legal advisory board of the Swedish Social Welfare Board (Socialstyrelsen).

It was only when the second woman, the now-convicted woman's mother, was found dead that suspicions of murder emerged as similarities were noted between the cases. The woman's mother was found in such a way as to appear that she had committed suicide, but the bluff was exposed.

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The accused later told the police that her mother was tied up and gave other details, but was unable to give an explanation of the circumstances of the death.

It is rare for a woman to murder two other women. The attempt to disguise the murders as suicide makes the case particularly unusual.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:19 December 28, 2010 by GLO
Is she on Facebook yet???
18:13 December 28, 2010 by G_man469
i think she is freak
20:32 December 28, 2010 by Smiling Canuk
This would make a great Wallender episode.
22:31 December 28, 2010 by maxbrando
I believe she is greatly disturbed, and should be in a place for the mentally insane. Why has this not been explored/done?
14:40 December 29, 2010 by jjoensuu
hmmm...so how long is the Swedish version of "life" nowadays?
20:40 December 29, 2010 by J Jack
exactly my Q! 8 years? 3.5 with good behavior?
18:04 December 30, 2010 by Icarusty
What's life imprisonment in Sweden, 5 years?
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