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Man gets 15 years for ‘bearded lady’ slaying

A 27-year-old man from Umeå in northern Sweden has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for fatally stabbing a 55-year-old woman, who he allegedly thought was a man due to her extensive facial hair.

“He thought that she was a man, She had a masculine body, a deep voice, and facial hair,” said the man’s lawyer, Per Nyberg, to the Nyheter24 news website.

The pair are reported to have met during a night drinking on the town in Umeå in northern Sweden in August.

When the evening came to a close, the 55-year-old accompanied the man to his home in the Teg district of the city in order to continue drinking.

The evening later took a tragic turn however when the 27-year-old, alleging that he had been sexually harassed, struck back at the 55-year-old with a kitchen knife, stabbing the woman in the throat and gut.

Shortly before 7am police were called to the man’s home and found the woman dead in the cellar.

The man claimed in court that he had become angry after he drew the erroneous conclusion that the person he had brought home from the bar was in fact a man.

In his defence the man is reported by the Aftonbladet daily to have cited an incident in his teenage years which had caused him to become wary of homosexual men.

The court was not persuaded by the man’s purported motive and district prosecutor Peter Jonsson has argued that he, for one, was in no doubt that the slain person was in fact a female.

The state pathologist who carried out the autopsy on the woman’s body concluded that she had consumed a large quantity of alcohol and was heavily intoxicated.

He furthermore testified to the court that he had reacted to the woman’s facial hair growth.

“He thought that it was important to mention that the woman was ‘tainted by facial hair’,” Per Nyberg told Nyheter24.

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CRIME

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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