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Sword-swinging feline fan in cat custody coup

A cat-sitter in Sweden was recently arrested by police after threatening the ex-con owner with a samurai sword when he wanted to retrieve his pets.

Sword-swinging feline fan in cat custody coup

“I only did it to seem frightening,” said the man in an interrogation, according to daily Aftonbladet.

The 48-year-old man from the Baltic island of Gotland had been cat-sitting for a friend who was serving a prison sentence.

When the owner returned from jail in March this year, he soon managed to organize a place to live with another acquaintance and asked the 48-year-old to bring over his feline friends.

But during the meeting in the new flat, the 48-year-old fell out with the cat-owner over the animals and becoming increasingly agitated before he then stormed off, reports the paper.

However, shortly thereafter, he returned with a knife, with which he threatened his friend. The cat owner’s landlord tried to step in to diffuse the situation, but was subsequently threatened as well.

The man left, but returned the day after, this time armed with a samurai sword.

According to the friend, he stabbed the sword deep into the door and shouted that he would never get the cats.

At this point, the police was alerted and the sword-wielding cat enthusiast was apprehended shortly thereafter.

According to the paper, two witnesses said that the man continued making threats even after being overpowered by officers.

The man said that he had no recollection of this part of the drama, but claimed he had never meant to hurt anyone, just scare them a little.

“He never meant to get them with the blade. But he does admit to illegal threats,” the man’s defence lawyer Lars Dahlström told Aftonbladet.

Dahlström also added that the sword was not really like anything out of the Tarantino “Kill Bill” films, but rather a 200 kronor ($30) ornamental blade.

The 48-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault, illegal threats and vandalism. His trial will commence on April 16th in the Gotland District Court.

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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
 
 
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