Samurai sword stabber sees sentence sliced

A man who attacked his girlfriend with a samurai sword in April last year has had his sentence reduced by the Swedish Supreme Court.

Samurai sword stabber sees sentence sliced

“The Supreme Court has concluded that it has been shown that the man intended to commit a very serious offence, but not to kill his girlfriend,” the court said in a statement, according to TT news agency.

The man, who stabbed his girlfriend in the back with a “newly manufactured” sword as she was lying in bed, had originally been sentenced by the district court to eight years in prison for attempted murder.

But the Supreme Court reduced the sentence to five years in prison, finding the 31-year-old man guilty of aggravated assault, and not attempted murder.

The man’s girlfriend was stabbed several times with the sword and was seriously injured in the attack, having been rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.

Following the attack, the man claimed he had been under the influence of alcohol and told authorities he had no recollection of the incident.

While neither the district court and court of appeal found that the man had committed the attack with intent, the Supreme Court found that there was no need to prove the man’s intent as he got drunk by his own volition.

The 31-year-old was arrested in April last year near his home in Hörnefors, northern Sweden, and it was thanks to a neighbour’s alert to police that the man was quickly apprehended.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland