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Örebro rapist found guilty

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Örebro rapist found guilty
11:14 CEST+02:00
The 24-year-old man charged with attacking 15 women in Sweden's to date largest serial rape case was found guilty on Tuesday at Örebro district court.

The court has found the evidence to be sufficient to convict Niklas Eliasson on all 17 charges, or which 15 concerned sex offences.

The court has also ordered Eliasson to undergo a psychiatric examination. If the examination shows that he is not suffering from a psychiatric disorder then he is set to face 14 years in prison.

All of the offences were committed in Örebro in eastern Sweden between 2005-2010.

Niklas Eliasson has admitted to all offences, but has found it hard to explain why he committed them. The women are now suing him for a total of 1.2 million kronor ($191,000).

The arrest of 24-year-old Eliasson last autumn was a relief for many Örebro residents who had lived in fear as police continued their search for the man behind a series of brutal rapes, which had been carried out over a period of several years.

The charges against the man included eight cases of attempted rape or aggravated rape, three charges of aggravated rape, two cases of assault, two cases of sexual molestation, one charged of robbery and one relating to weapons offences.

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