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Agency 'lacks tools' to assess exorcist killer

The Local · 29 Jun 2011, 14:04

Published: 29 Jun 2011 14:04 GMT+02:00

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According to the board's assessment of the case the crime was "committed in an imaginary cultural context where the influence of evil spirits, witches' spells and the power of curses are by no means strange, and are instead problems of an everyday nature."

The board concluded therefore that existing risk assessment methodology is insufficient to assess the case and that it "lacks any experience of phenomena of this kind".

The board however was able to observe that the 52-year-old has demonstrated exemplary behaviour while in detention with a complete absence of "aggressive reactionary behaviour".

The board also observed that the man has in interviews, held to consider whether his life sentence should be commuted to a fixed term penalty, "completely distanced himself from his previous world-view which incorporated witchcraft, evil spirits and obsession".

The case dates back to 1999 when the man's seven-year-old step-daughter died during an attempt to drive evil spirits from her body.

The child had arrived in Sweden during the summer of 1999 with two other relatives and were in the care of the man and his wife.

Shortly after their arrival in the couple's home, they began to suspect that their home had become haunted. According to the board's report, the man has told of having heard noises that could not be explained.

When one of the children awoke one morning with scratches the man interrogated the children about his suspicions that he they had brought with them a curse from their home country, the Congo, and that perhaps the man's uncle was responsible.

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After a prolonged attempt to beat the feared evil spirits from the children's bodies, the seven-year-old girl died from her injuries on Christmas Eve 1999.

The man, his wife and a further adult present at the "exorcism" were convicted in connection with the girl's death. After undergoing a psychiatric assessment, the man and his wife were sentenced to life and fours years imprisonment respectively.

While the board has concluded that it lacks the methods to assess the man's criminal past, due to the man's exemplary behaviour in prison it is concluded there is a low risk of a repeat offence.

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15:21 June 29, 2011 by Nemesis
He is a child killer, who tried to justify killing a child, by claiming the murder was to obey the wishes of a vengeful sky fairy.

There is nothing for the authorities to discuss. He is a child killer. Anyone who thinks he needs released into society, belongs in a jail with him.

He is a child killing nutcase, who should never be released.
16:16 June 29, 2011 by Dazzler
@ #1 Gotta say I agree with you there. But of course, he will be free soon enough.
06:20 June 30, 2011 by calebian22
"completely distanced himself from his previous world-view which incorporated witchcraft, evil spirits and obsession".

They lack the ability to assess this child killer, but they are willing to believe his word. "I promise I won't kill again, cross my heart and hope to die." Swedish justice is so naive.
15:27 June 30, 2011 by Grokh
what a bunch of bullshit lol.

killed child = jail, who cares why or how so long as he actually did it he is a criminal so = jail.
19:15 June 30, 2011 by ReluctantSwede
Killing a shild is an hideous act...keep em in prision....but don't make a fool out of their beliefs.

The Katholic church still exercise exorcism, they even have a school for it, there are Swedish Catholic preists who are trained in this....

the Catholic church believ in in peple being possed by evil spirits, or deamons, it's even in the bible, they have even catalogizized these deamons and given them names...

Remeber also that the Catholic church believed in whichcraft and saurcery....at least they used that as a reason to kill thousands...

the Caholic church still performs riuals of all sorts of kinds beliving that the symbols, words and signs have certain effects...

Don't be so quick to condemn the smaller religions before you look at the major ones...
06:45 July 1, 2011 by Da Goat
Yes i agree the catholic church now teaches what it used to kill for, they used to burn witches at the stake now they teach it themselves.

on another note 1999 this should not be news at all even if he was a nutcase killer he should just about be finished his 4-7 years for murder by now, unless he has been downloading media content while in the kings hotel and got an extention for piracy!
00:08 July 9, 2011 by Paula-port

"Witch trial" redirects here. For other uses, see Witch trial (disambiguation) and Witch hunt (disambiguation).

Witch burnings

A witch-hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and lynching, but in historical instances also legally sanctioned and involving official witchcraft trials. The classical period of witchhunts in Europe and North America falls into the Early Modern period or about 1480 to 1750, spanning the upheavals of the Reformation and the Thirty Years' War, resulting in an estimated 40,000 to 100,000 executions.[1]

The last executions of people convicted as witches in Europe took place in the 18th century. In the Kingdom of Great Britain, witchcraft ceased to be an act punishable by law with the Witchcraft Act of 1735. In Germany, sorcery remained punishable by law into the late 18th century. Contemporary witch-hunts are reported from Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Papua New Guinea. Official legislation against witchcraft is still found in Saudi Arabia and Cameroon.

The term "witch-hunt" since the 1930s has also been in use as a metaphor to refer to moral panics in general (frantic persecution of perceived enemies). This usage is especially associated with the Second Red Scare of the 1950s (the McCarthyist persecution of communists in the United States).

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