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Man jailed for kicking mother-in-law to death

A man accused of kicking his mother-in-law to death was acquitted on a murder charge by a Swedish court on Friday, but found guilty of aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter.

The 38-year-old from Borås, in western Sweden, received a three-year prison sentence for the assault which was, according to prosecutors, the culmination of a prolonged campaign of physical and mental abuse against the woman and her daughter, his former wife.

The man had been attempting to defraud the Borås city council by claiming that he had been working as his mother-in-law’s personal assistant.

He had forced her to falsify time sheets and allegedly coerced his wife into going along with the plan.

However a row broke out, during which the man kicked his mother-in-law in the chest.

She died from subsequent injuries, which included broken ribs and chest bones.

The prosecutor argued that as the man knew he was capable of killing the 60-year-old with such a powerful kick, he should face a murder charge.

Instead he was acquitted of murder and instead convicted of the lesser charges of aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter.

The outcome of the case was slammed by the chief prosecutor Sven Urban Kvist, who had been pressing for a sentence of at least 10 years.

“I am not satisfied with the sentence. He was only convicted of aggravated assault and it should have been considerably longer than three years,” he told local newspaper Borås Tidning.

In addition to the charge against his mother-in-law, the man was also convicted of assaulting his ex-wife and her sister and was ordered to pay them damages of 180,000 kronor ($26,000).

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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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