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Man guilty of 'ruthless' Gothenburg killing: court

Rebecca Martin · 13 Apr 2011, 15:38

Published: 13 Apr 2011 15:38 GMT+02:00

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“I am very pleased. I have argued from the beginning that our evidence was conclusive,” prosecutor Stina Lundqvist told local newspaper Göteborgs Posten (GP).

Elin Krantz and her alleged killer were riding the same tram to the Hisingen neighbourhood near Gothenburg in western Sweden in September 2010.

Shortly thereafter Krantz was found raped and murdered in a wooded area not far from the tram stop, according to the investigation.

The 23-year-old man was arrested shortly after the killing. In March he was charged with murder and aggravated rape.

According to the prosecutors, the attack was one of "extreme ruthlessness".

The Local has reported previously on how pictures from the police investigation were leaked to a porn site and later also appeared on the blog of a Sweden Democrat.

The pictures were later removed and the Sweden Democrats confirmed to The Local shortly after that the party would be investigating the matter further.

The 23-year-old, who has been in custody for more than five months, has continually denied committing the crimes.

According to his version, he caught two men in the act raping Krantz, tried to revive her, but was chased away by the perpetrators.

The only thing corroborating his story is a call at 04.47 from the woman’s mobile phone to a friend’s answering service where the voices of two men can be heard along with a woman’s whimpering.

According to daily Aftonbladet, this last life sign from Elin Krantz was accidentally wiped from the machine by her friend. But the prosecution never saw the call as going against their evidence,

“Even if this is a mysterious circumstance, there are alternative explanations, Lundqvist told GP.

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The district court can now sentence the man for either a lengthy stint in prison or secure psychiatric care.

The prosecutor wants a life sentence for the murder of Elin Krantz.

“This is the most terrifying death a woman can imagine. And what could be worse than this crime,” she said in her closing speech.

The sentence will be announced when the psychiatric evaluation of the 23-year old has been completed.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:28 April 13, 2011 by Rizwan Rahim
"Life in Prison please"........
19:07 April 13, 2011 by TheOneWhoTravels
Who is that blonde-haired police woman in the upper center of the photo?

19:30 April 13, 2011 by Thompsuleme
u know.. I beleive in justice for all and equality... The man said there were 2 guys he "saw" doing it..before trying to help and was chased away.... a call to "her friend" with mes argueing..

1 it has to be proved beyond any resonable doubt he is guilty.. but I have 1 doubt... a reasonable 1 i beleive...y cant those around he scene be apprehended (ie the voices around the deceased during the crime? and messege wiped out??? cant it be retireved?? jeeeeeze gimme a break.. I hate conspiracies but I smell one.. The polise and pctor are hiding something.
19:49 April 13, 2011 by Jannik
This filthy scum deserves to be executed!
20:11 April 13, 2011 by salalah
Yes, and watch out for those violent policemen:

21:21 April 13, 2011 by helveeta
@Thomsuleme, this is a website for people who speak English, go learn to speak, read and write it first before you post here, thanks.

ALSO, can someone please explain to me how the press works here?? Why are some faces blurred and some shown and some names given and some withheld regarding criminals?? Where I come from you're told their race, age, hometown, address (often) mother's maiden name, first pet's name, etc. even if they're just a suspect. (Unless the person is under 18.) I would love to understand how it works. From what I have noticed, it appears foreigners are protected to prevent racism--which isn't correct in my opinion. But if this is true, I would like to know for sure so I can understand better how the country I now reside in, and pay taxes in, operates.

Would appreciate someone with some real knowledge on this responding. Thanks! :)
21:51 April 13, 2011 by truthworthy
Execute him by stoning. please.
00:36 April 14, 2011 by Da Goat
IF this guy is correct in his protestations then it is not a good idea to be a good Samaritan these days, more work needs to be done before they crucify this guy!

on the other hand if he is just trying to wriggle out then take him to trustworthy's place to be stoned or the local vet to be de-stoned!
00:39 April 14, 2011 by city_walker
Come on, people, they found her DNA on his *underpants*... And his prints on the body as far as I understand. And he started with 'I newer saw her and never talked to her'.
08:52 April 14, 2011 by Rebel
Sad that we have a shortage of organs for people who need them to live and this guy has two kidneys, a heart, lungs, liver...I think you get my point -- the Chinese have the right idea.
09:00 April 14, 2011 by RobinHood
"Stone him", "cut out his kidneys, heart, lungs and liver". Oh dear. Please would the next troll along, be a little less medieval.
12:17 April 14, 2011 by helveeta
Truthworthy, why don't move back to whatever savage place you came from with ideas like this??
18:12 April 14, 2011 by Thompsuleme

Firstly I beleive you are as retarded as they come. I dont see the eloquence in your savage posts. Go to sleep fool and do us a favour. Do you beleive your last post (just above) is error proof. Lay off...FOOOL!!!! Dialbe
19:15 April 14, 2011 by mkvgtired
@RobinHood, Sweden did organ transplants in medieval times? :)
23:32 April 14, 2011 by helveeta
@Thompsuleme, L.M.F.A.O. :D
14:29 April 15, 2011 by Syftfel
It's just that some people's definition of "justice" contradicts Western values and behavioral norms. We're talking about "justice" in terms of what our Christian based heritage has established since centuries, and which steers most of our daily lives. Some recent arrivals are looking at "justice" as defined by their prophet and allah's avengers, which makes the "extreme ruthlessness" mentioned above not seem so ruthless in the eyes of some. Regardless of the results of any "psychiatric examination"(=liberal gobbledigook) this perpetrator must be taken out of society for a very long time, preferably for the rest of his earthly existance. "Readjustment", "psychiatric help" or "understanding" and other such liberal, politically correct, notions must not be allowed to influence the punishment. He must be sentenced based on society's need for punishment and revenge, not according to the dictates of our softhearted socialistic rulers. PS I want to see his picture!
17:46 April 15, 2011 by Thompsuleme

You lot are -as I am sure- overpampered Swedish blokes who havent done a decent days job in your lives and see he world with your b.l.o.o.dy 4king racist eyes. i am sure you would pay to have a picture nailed to your walls.

Lucky you were born here. I know and work with nicer nationals that regret people like you exist.

so dissapear m.o ther 4kers.
22:12 April 15, 2011 by Iraniboy
Fact: The most ruthless rape in Sweden by a US immigrant!

Fact: The highest number of rape by a person in Sweden by a Swedish guy from Orebro!

Yet SD and their supporters who are mainly from US/UK talk about the relation of rape and middleartern immigrants?!! I don't know when we can see a stop to this propaganda and try to understand that individuals acts cannot be used to blame an entire race, nationality,...
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