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Man faces charges over 'murder list'

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Man faces charges over 'murder list'
11:39 CET+01:00
A man dubbed the "Bolt pistol man" after allegedly using a livestock anaesthetizing device in an attack in Linköping in eastern Sweden in January is set to be charged with planning 17 murders.

"I plan to file charges for conspiring to murder," said prosecutor Marianne Staaf to the local Östgöta Correspondenten daily.

The 26-year-old suspect, who was arrested while attempting to steal some potato salad on January 27th, is alleged to have drawn up a list with the names of 17 people that he planned to kidnap and murder, motivated by an apparent lust for revenge.

According to the charge sheet presented to Linköping district court the man planned to subject a total of 23 people to various forms of violence, the newspaper reported.

The "bolt pistol man" was brought to the attention of residents in the town after a report of an attack on a 45-year-old man who tried to scare off a would-be car thief, and was then attacked with a slaughter house bolt pistol.

In the weeks that followed the attack, several more reports emerged of a series of robberies involving a man armed with the weapon.

Police made a breakthrough in the case when the 26-year-old was apprehended when trying to steal a potato salad from a local grocery store.

It has now emerged that the man drew up a list of targets which included the shop assistant who intervened to stop the attempted theft.

Further names on the list are members of the country social services, although the majority of the people are reported to be medical staff with whom the man has come into contact.

The newspaper reported that the prosecutor has previously noted that the list was dominated by doctors who refused to confirm the 26-year-old's assessment of his health with regards to a slew of serious illnesses.

The man has denied the charges, which are set to be formally lodged on Friday, although several of his potential victims are reported to be considering filing for damages.

The 26-year-old is currently in the care of the regional forensic psychiatric clinic in Vadstena in central Sweden.

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