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Murdered mum with dog leash, sentenced to life

A 33-year-old woman from Värnamo in western Sweden has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering her mother and a friend in what has been described as a "bizarre killing".

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.

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.

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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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