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'Sex chamber' rapist gets five years in prison

TT/Rebecca Martin · 15 Aug 2011, 12:08

Published: 15 Aug 2011 12:08 GMT+02:00

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The man is alleged to have subjected his victim to sexual torture in the cellar of an abandoned farmhouse north of Halmstad, in western Sweden.

The woman, now in her thirties, came forward when the secret sex chamber was discovered by two amateur photographers earlier this spring.

The hidden underground lair was found to contain handcuffs and a collection of sex toys, as well as a bed fitted out with an elaborate set of harnesses and ropes that could have been used to hold people against their will.

During the trial it became clear that the 47-year-old had abducted the woman from a highway service station in the municipality of Varberg in 2005, first taking her to a barn and later to the abandoned house.

Once down in the cellar of the house the woman was allegedly handcuffed and chained.

The man then repeatedly whipped her and subjected her to aggravated sexual abuse. He then left her alone for hours, bound and naked.

On Monday, the 47-year-old, who repeatedly denied the charges, was sentenced by the Halmstad district court to five years for aggravated rape and abduction.

The court also ruled that the man will pay 227,600 kronor ($35,181) plus interest in damages to the woman.

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According to defense lawyer Leif Silbersky, the man will appeal the verdict.

"He has assumed that she was willing. Then it is possible, of course, that she has changed her mind afterwards," said Silbersky to news agency TT after the verdict.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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11:43 August 15, 2011 by Grokh
5 years after doing something like that? wth ?
11:46 August 15, 2011 by Alohart
The guy in the photo accompanying the article looks closer to 74 than 47 years old. Did TL interchange the digits in the rapist's age, or is the Swedish legal system so traumatic that those involved age over 20 years in the process?
12:04 August 15, 2011 by jacquelinee
"a 47 year old man" That says a lot. Gotta be a Swede otherwise there would have a name released. After all, we don't want the world to know there are any bad swedes do we?
12:10 August 15, 2011 by gh2008

actually, its the guy with blurred face next to the 74 y/o man.
12:39 August 15, 2011 by Smokebox
Five years?????? He will be able to do it again when he gets out.
12:52 August 15, 2011 by RobinHood
This was very much a worst case scenario as abduction,imprisonment and rape goes. He will serve about two years altogethor, he has already served several months on remand. He should be out by about Christmas 2012. Is there anybody at all out there in Local Land who thinks that is OK?

It is not the judges' fault, they must follow the guidelines defined by legislation. That is the way it works in Sweden. It is the legislators who need to re examine their ethics. Somewhere several years ago a bunch of left-wing politicians sat down and wrote the guidelines.

If one of those politicians happened to be waiting at a bus stop shortly after Christmas 2012, and a particular 47 year old man should happen to abduct, imprison and then rape them, I really doubt the police would be assed to go rescue them, at least not for a week or two. Of course that would be a terrible thing, and none of us would wish that on anybody.
15:52 August 15, 2011 by dolphin, the
It looks like the justice system is sympathetic to the criminals. The identity of them is protected even after they are already convicted of such henious crime.
17:09 August 15, 2011 by jacquelinee
Name please.....lets hear the name.
18:24 August 15, 2011 by ironman294
5 years thats harsh for sweden usually you get away with rape! Shame on the swedish justice system, there is no justice for the defendants!!!
18:35 August 15, 2011 by Migga
@ jacquelinee

Magnus Bjäredal
18:51 August 15, 2011 by Tysknaden
This criminal can be happy, he did this to a human being - not to a hedgehog.
19:33 August 15, 2011 by kaotik
5 years? Seriously? Does that not seem a little "light" for a crime of that magnitude?
20:51 August 15, 2011 by jacquelinee
Thanks Migga

@ Tysknaden....."This criminal can be happy, he did this to a human being - not to a hedgehog" EXACTLY!

To quote # 3

"a 47 year old man" That says a lot. Gotta be a Swede otherwise there would have a name released. After all, we don't want the world to know there are any bad swedes do we?
21:24 August 15, 2011 by jostein
For you who wonder why the sentence is so light, it seems that rape carries a max sentence of 4 yeras, kidnapping carries a max sentence of 4 years. And since if you commit many crimes in sweden you get a discount in regards for your tenacity and cunning to avoid the law inbetween crimes as it were so 5 yeras for this is not all that light.

On a moralistic note, it seems to me that the women involved with this man are also lifestylers, as it were. Like one of the women in this case call exclusively fellow bdsmers as witnesses. Not that i actually know, but thelocal article seem to omitt some facts, such as the victim and the perpetrator arranged this meeting beforehand. The perpetrator was most definately out of line and did not respect the established rules and common practices of bdsm, on this all agree except the perp. On the other hand, it was not like he just picked some women off the street. Its the case of a person with a dangerous hobby who went haywire.
21:36 August 15, 2011 by zooeden
So, I go out and find the tallest and hottest chick in a Bar, but I mean the hottest and sexiest creature with her small hips, great ass, nice and wonderful breasts, smelling sooooo nice, get her drunk and then to my appartment and then to the sex chaimber for a week or even maybe a month of repeatedly anal sex, bukkake, forced oral plus some whipping and many more dispicable attrocities I dare not tell I get 5 years???? Im all in really!!!!!! Hey I might even play coocoo and learn german in prison I might even get 3 years!!!!

Where do I sign!!!!!???? Seems to be ok with the system!!!! Any girl interested on a date????
23:26 August 15, 2011 by jostein

Small hips are not sexy.
11:37 August 16, 2011 by jacquelinee
How about 5 years in a dungeon with a really sadistic peson and a very large Zuccinni????????????????????
12:01 August 16, 2011 by aragones
In neighbour Norway, nearly all rapes are comitted by inmigrants. Is it the same in Sweden? I am afraid so. Are we over tolerant with other "cultures"?
14:36 August 17, 2011 by The Grand Master
'According to defense lawyer Leif Silbersky'......

Ah, it's him again..... The protector and defender of all known scum! Check out this lawyers case history to understand how screwed up the Swedish legal system really is. I'd find a cell for him somewhere and throw away the key.
16:27 August 17, 2011 by objective1
Well just like many of the articles on this site this one is lacking important details that would clarify why the sentence was so "light" according to outraged readers.

The alleged attacker had put out an add in a newspaper looking for someone willing to engage in some s'n'm, to which the "victim" in question replied and met up with him on her own accord . It was only 6 years later when some images of the place surfaced that she came forward, most likely due to some newfound guilt trip of previous actions, or newfound self-esteem. This information can be found in Swedish articles if one takes time to learn the language while living in this country.
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