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Midsummer murderer gets 18 years

TT/The Local/vt · 18 Feb 2011, 13:59

Published: 18 Feb 2011 13:59 GMT+01:00

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The prosecution had sought a life sentence for the suspect in the Helsingborg murder that took place in June 2010.

"Life in prison should be considered. It is the matter of a murder in which the course of events were lengthy and must have caused the victim suffering," deputy chief prosecutor Anna Håkansson said in her closing comments.

The man was charged in December 2010 for the murder, during which he beat the victim to death with a meat cleaver in a Helsingborg apartment, then cut off his penis and stuffed it down his throat.

Helsingborg district court observed that the crime was extremely cruel, but decided on 18 years in prison, while referring to the brutality of the murder in delivering its verdict.

The medical examiner wrote in his report that "the location of the man's penis in the throat was the last thing that may have occurred" while the victim was still alive.

In addition to the prison sentence, the man was also ordered to pay significant damages to the victim's relatives.

The defendant's lawyer expressed no surprise at the court's verdict and sentence.

"This came as no surprise. The district court has already previously taken the position that he was guilty, now it was the issue of intent and in view of the classification of murder, I have nothing to say about the penalty's value," said the man's lawyer Lars Kruse.

A decision has not yet been taken on whether to appeal the verdict.

"My client gets to decide that, it is his choice," said Kruse.

The murderer and the victim had known each other in passing previously and had partied together the day before. According to the murder suspect, a debt between the two men gnawed away at him.

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The man duly went to the victim's apartment with a bag carrying a meat cleaver, awl and knife accompanied by a 27-year-old man who had promised to keep watch at the door.

An autopsy report revealed the victim had sustained over 100 injuries when he was brutally beaten on the living room floor.

The 27-year-old was on Friday sentenced to two years by the Helsingborg court for being an accessory to aggravated assault, manslaughter and theft.

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14:40 February 18, 2011 by buschmann
Swedish setencing is out of whack! Death penalty for both.
14:58 February 18, 2011 by stenhuggaren
Sweden doesn't have the death penalty. I believe that it is the US, in the company of Iran, China and Saudia Arabia, who lead that little "tough on crime" table.
15:17 February 18, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
Fuc|< this news shouldnt be here on a friday evening.
15:34 February 18, 2011 by amanda1965
This is sick.............over money!!??.... in these cases i wish Sweden had the death penalty!
16:04 February 18, 2011 by buschmann
@stenhuggaren: The death penalty is not used nearly enough in the u.s. All violent felons should be executed without exception. Puplic executions for the enjoyment of the people. Nail em to a plank raise em up and have good laugh.
17:26 February 18, 2011 by stenhuggaren
"entertainment" is probably all it is good for - it certainly is not a deterrent
17:27 February 18, 2011 by UScitizen
Most executions in the US are temporarily halted now because the drug used to "relax" the prisoner so he won't feel any pain is in short supply.

Some of this drug has passed the experation date in some prisons and the lawyers have argued that these murderers and rapists would suffer a lot of pain while they' re dying.

We can't have that, now can we? I guess not since the judges have agreed and posponed executions.
17:45 February 18, 2011 by buschmann
Recently I read where Iran executed 8 drug dealers. I bet it is hard to find a good meth or crack house there.
19:19 February 18, 2011 by mikewhite
Yes, but too bad if you're gay or get accused of blasphemy ...
19:28 February 18, 2011 by wenddiver
It's nice to know that we can learn something from everyone. Who would have thought Iran would find the cure for Crack and Meth? Don't worry the dealers will probably seek assylum in your city and sell to your kids.

Swedish sentencng is insane, there should be riots outside the court. What community is going to want to add these meat claver murders for money to their list if citizens in 18 years.

The victim's family recieved no justice.
21:16 February 18, 2011 by calebian22
Wow! 18 years in Sweden? I wonder if the extreme length of time is because of the debt? Unreported profit from the interest on the loan, possibly? Cheating the state out of it's money will always land you in prison for a long time in Sweden. ;-)
10:06 February 20, 2011 by Zala Russe
The sentence of two years for the accomplice seems incredibly lenient. he knew exactly what was planned, made no intervention to prevent the crime, then stole from the dead man. He is every bit as guilty of murder as the man who carried out the attack.
10:43 February 20, 2011 by muscle
The solution to such an action is not just a death penalty. The solution is to create some kind of fear among others so that such action is not followed again. Death penalty in front of the nation should be solution! I admit this is cruel, but it will create atleast some fear in others, otherwise, its like kill the person, live a decent life in prison and then out again. Nothing to loose!
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