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Knutby nanny who killed lover's wife set free

TT/The Local/dl · 14 Dec 2011, 13:58

Published: 14 Dec 2011 13:58 GMT+01:00

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Svensson, now 34, has been living on her own under restricted conditions, should be freed without restrictions, the administrative court in Linköping ruled on Wednesday.

Knutby, a village near Uppsala, became notorious across Sweden when Alexandra Fossmo, wife of Helge Fossmo, a pastor in the local Pentecostal church, was found murdered in the early hours of January 10th 2004.

Her neighbour, 30-year-old Daniel Linde, whose wife was also having an affair with the sex-crazed pastor, was also shot and seriously injured.

The then 26-year-old Svensson, who had previously been employed as a nanny to the Fossmos, confessed to the killing.

Helge Fossmo was later charged with the murder of his first wife, Héléne Fossmo, who was found dead in her bathtub in 1999.

In July 2004, he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder in relation to Svensson's killing of his second wife, but was acquitted on charges relating to the death of his first wife.

The prosecutor in the case, which captivated Sweden for the better part of a year, had no objections to Wednesday's ruling.

The psychiatrist brought in to serve as an expert witness in the case also agreed that Svensson no longer needs institutional care.

“The criteria are simple. There is no risk for a relapse and institutional care isn't required because of her personal and psychological condition,” lay judge Owe Horned, who ruled on the case, told the TT news agency.

He added that the fact that the Knutby case received so much attention didn't factor in the court's decision.

“And she thinks she can handle the media interest,” said Horned.

According to the court, the risk that Svensson will commit another crime is minimal and she no longer suffers from serious psychological problems like she did in 2004.

"Helge's word was my law. By the grace of God I got to be his slave," nanny Sara Svensson said in court in May 2004.

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Fossmo had explained to her that God had made an exception for him from the commandment forbidding adultery. 

His anonymous text messages were like a command from God, Svensson said at the time.

In issuing the ruling, the court took into account that Svensson now lives on her own in an apartment, studies, works and has “an established social network”.

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16:02 December 14, 2011 by London_Jim
Sweet, a 'danger-shag' back on the streets for those brave enough.

Mad in the head = mad in the bed.
16:06 December 14, 2011 by GLO
Who will be next?????
17:46 December 14, 2011 by spo10
The risks are higher now that she's out.
17:58 December 14, 2011 by seborga82
finally, they start to release the convectors name, happen to be a swede..i wonder why all the other 99% news only describes as a man or woman???any explanation?
18:21 December 14, 2011 by JulieLou40
I'm confused...who killed who??
18:30 December 14, 2011 by Iraniboy

While your 99% statistics is more of paranoia, one explanation is that untill an accusation hasn't reached a level of certainity releasing names seems both immoral and non-professional. In this case, there is course and confession so it has passed the level of polcie arrets etc.

As for your paranoia I confirm one apparent example of the terrorist arrested in Gothenburg. Their names were not released just after they were arrested but now it is released since there sre some minimum level of concreteness.

I guess your paranoia comes from the fact that you are disappointed why she not non-Swede and it doesn't match your prejudice that all criminals are non-Swedish!
19:29 December 14, 2011 by Dogs_Gonads
I had to read that a dozen times before it started to make sense.

So the person who actually killed the second wife of the pastor is released.

But the pastor who didn't actually kill anyone is still in jail for conspiracy to commit murder.

I hope who ever wrote this article doesn't take up crime writing.
21:45 December 14, 2011 by seborga82

There's perfectly nothing wrong with being prejudice against against certain people, since the majority criminals in this part of world are coming from the Islamic background. There's certainly no doubt about it. To be sure, this applied to most western european countries as well. Being prejudice therefore serves a very rational and well-informed purpose. That is to understand the fact of the bell curve where the majority of events are falling into certain categories. Social scientists and statisticians all know about this. Gang rapes, homocides and brutual murders are all condensed into few groups, namely people with certain ethnic and religious affiliation.

few sources to look at if you are academically capable to judge yorself:

Does a multiethnic society lead to less trust? : a comparison of 25 European countries. / Torpe, Lars ; Lolle, Henrik.

2008. Paper presented at Paper prepared for the presentation at the Nordic Political Science Association Conference, Tromsø, 2008 august 6-9, Commissioned › Paper without publisher/journal

Neumayer, E. (2004) 'Asylum destination choice: What makes some of the west European countries more attractive than the others?', European Union Politics, vol. 5 (2).

Martens, P. (1997) 'Immigrants, Crime and criminal justice in Sweden', Crime and Justice-A Review of research, vol. 30 (2).

Thank you for your kind but unfounded corrections
23:17 December 14, 2011 by Grokh
great just release murderers, it worked great in belgium.

and since it works great to release rapists in sweden murderers is the next best thing.
04:28 December 15, 2011 by Kaethar
@Dogs_Gonads: The pastor killed his first wife and manipulated the nanny into killing his second wife. Like the article says the nanny saw him as a god and was deemed psychologically ill. That they have now deemed her healthy and don't think she's a threat means of course that they have to release her. That's what rehabilitation in prison/mental institutions is for. I'm glad that the plotter behind the crime remains behind bars though. I don't think we know enough about this case to judge so I'll just trust their judgement on this one. It's actually harder in Sweden to be released from mental institutions than from prisons so I have no reason to believe this wasn't the right call to make...
09:16 December 15, 2011 by Iraniboy

The majority of crimes? You propose a paranoid statistics and based on that wrong statistics justify your prejudice which is not justified at all even if your wrong statistics were right! You still have a lot to learn from Swedish cultural norms.
10:48 December 15, 2011 by DAVID T
I would - A nutjob from Knutby
12:22 December 15, 2011 by rumcajs
@ seborga82 ..... you have a fixation with muslims mate. Find help! You bring the topic out of anything... it's just not normal!!!

@ all the others.......... they gotta be kidding! She planed the thing and everything. Oh! sorry... she is a woman, so poor thing, she was maybe confused. I wonder what would happen if it had been a guy.
12:33 December 15, 2011 by KungsholmenGuy
I guess there is 'no risk for relapse' because she has already killed all of this pastor's wives, ex-wives, neighbours, etc... but how are they so convinced that she will not start killing all the women that are in some way linked to her next boyfriend?
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