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Swedish ‘cannibal’ convicted of murder

A 32-year-old Swedish man who decapitated his girlfriend and then ate parts of her body was convicted on Tuesday of murder.

The Skövde District Court sentenced Isakin Jonsson, referred to in the press as “The Skara Cannibal”, to time in a institutional psychiatric care.

Jonsson was arrested last November after calling police from his apartment in Skara in central Sweden and explaining that he had killed his 40-year-old girlfriend.

He had also cut off her head and other parts of her body, some of which he then ate.

“I remember how I slit her throat. Then I went to the kitchen and started cooking,” Jonsson told the court, according to the Expressen newspaper.

The call Jonsson made to emergency services in which he confessed to the crime was also replayed during the trial.

“When you come here, you don’t have to go after me. I’m as calm as can be,” he said in the call.

The day of the murder, Jonsson and his girlfriend had gone shopping before returning to the apartment they shared together.

In the evening, Jonsson’s girlfriend laid down on a mattress to rest, at which point he came over with a knife and sliced up the mattress before sitting on the woman’s shoulders and cutting her throat.

“With a knife, saw, and scissors, he removed the head from the body,” prosecutor Lars Johansson told the court.

Jonsson, who has been found to suffer from severe mental illness from a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, showed no remorse in court.

“I stand for what I’ve said and I stand for what I did,” he said.

He was also unable to explain the gruesome killing when asked by prosecutors why he did it.

“That’s something I also wonder about. I trust the doctors. There was no motive whatsoever. We were a couple with a future together. I’ve never felt this way with a girl before,” he said, according to Expressen.

In addition to psychiatric care, Jonsson was also ordered to 75,000 kronor ($11,700) in compensation to his girlfriend’s parents, as well as to all five of her children.

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Lip-eater’s jail sentence ‘insufficient’: prosecutor

The professor who ate his wife’s lip after cutting it off with a scalpel will have his conviction appealed after prosecutors claimed the five-year prison sentence was insufficient.

Lip-eater's jail sentence 'insufficient': prosecutor

Jakob Holmberg, a prosecutor in the case, claims the sentence itself is far too short considering the nature of the attack, and should be taken up in the court of appeals.

“I have made up my mind to appeal, with specific regard to the sentencing,” he told the TT news agency.

The 52-year-old professor was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for aggravated assault and was also ordered to pay his 32-year-old wife 96,900 kronor ($13,800) in compensation for the attack.

However, Holmberg had been aiming for a sentence of eight years.

Holmberg claims that the motive behind the attack, which the professor claimed was so his wife “would never kiss another man again,” should be worthy of a harsher punishment.

The prosecutor also hopes a review from a higher court will help contribute to the establishment of legal precedent regarding such cases in the future.

“For the most part, there is a lack of comparable precedent. This is a very new classification of crime which has only been around for two years and needs to be tested in a higher court,” he said.

The 52-year-old man, who is a respected researcher at the Karolinska Institute north of Stockholm, attacked his wife in May at their home south of the city.

In a fit of jealousy over suspicions that his wife was seeing another man, the academic straddled his wife while she was sleeping and sliced off her lower lip with a scalpel.

“I’m going to see to it that you can never kiss again. I’ll get four years in prison, you’ll get a life sentence,” he told his wife as he cut off her lip, according to statements given to police.

The professor’s lawyer was unable to be reached for comment, being currently on holiday.

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