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'This is your lip, now I'm going to eat it': husband

3 Jul 2012, 13:12

Published: 03 Jul 2012 13:12 GMT+02:00

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The 52-year-old man, who is a respected researcher at the Karolinska Institute north of Stockholm, attacked his wife in May at their home south of the city, and has since confessed to the crime to police.

In a fit of jealousy over suspicions that his wife had taken a lover, the man straddled his wife while she was sleeping and sliced off her lower lip with a scalpel.

On the first day of the trial, which began on Tuesday at the Södertörn District Court, the man appeared at ease, staring intently at his 32-year-old wife, according to an account in the Expressen newspaper.

The woman, who was wearing sunglasses and a blue surgical mask to hide her injuries, did her best to avoid her husband's gaze.

As the trial got under way, prosecutor Jakob Holmberg predicted the man’s punishment will be severe.

“The evidence is completely sufficient for a conviction. My assessment is that this will be on the higher end of the punishment scale,” he told the TT news agency.

The 32-year-old woman met the professor in Iran, where he helped her come to Sweden to study at Karolinska.

It was during this time that the man fell in love with the woman, leaving his then-wife to marry her.

“I would say he persuaded her to marry him. She went with it as she felt indebted to him for the help,” Holmberg said.

The woman’s family even encouraged her to marry the professor, telling her that she could learn to love him eventually.

However, it only took six months before she wanted a divorce. But the 52-year-old told her they would be together until death, according to the prosecutor.

On the night of the attack, the woman had just returned from a trip, telling her husband again that she wanted a divorce. While she had been away, the man had slashed up photographs of his wife in a jealous rage, according to Holmberg.

After falling asleep, the woman awoke to find her husband sitting on top of her.

“Has your boyfriend slept in our bed?” he asked, according Expressen.

When she said no, the professor interpreted this as a confession that she did indeed have a boyfriend.

He then brandished a scalpel and readied himself to attack his wife.

In the ensuing fight, the woman managed to get the scalpel out of her husband's hands.

But the 52-year-old professor had made extra preparations, having hidden a spare scalpel under his pillow which he then used to carry out the attack.

“This is your lip – now I am going to eat it so that you can’t sew it back on,” said the man after cutting off his wife's lower lip.

It remains unclear if the 52-year-old actually ate the appendage, as the woman explained in court that she has no memory of it, although she told investigators previously that she had seem him "chewing on it".

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The professor’s lawyer explained in court that the woman’s talk of divorce had caused the husband to “act desperately”, claiming that he was “not in his right mind”.

The 52-year-old has been charged with aggravated assault, rather than attempted murder, as he never intended to kill his wife.

The 32-year-old woman spend six days in hospital after having her lip cut off.

"I've felt incredibly awful since the attack," she said, according to Expressen.

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Your comments about this article

16:05 July 3, 2012 by k2kats
'Scuse me? You can't have it both ways, i.e. arguing that he had no intent to murder, yet claim was "not in his right mind."
16:50 July 3, 2012 by Chloe Monroe
'had taken a lover', is this Sweden or Victorian Britain?
19:57 July 3, 2012 by sherkovic
The case is simple. This woman is a b**** who used an innocent guy to get herself settled in Sweden from Iran. She thought marrying him will also allow her with a decent opportunity to settle down. Once granted a permission to live and made friends in Sweden, the woman thought now its the time to ditch the old pal!

Indeed, no crime can be justified...but when an innocent honorable man is fcked in the ass...then he wants to bring the whole world down.

In other words, what goes around...comes around.
02:28 July 4, 2012 by godnatt

Did you just try to make a case for torture and mutilation because an old creep was too stupid to get that a girl 20 yrs younger than him wasn't interested in him for his good looks?

08:17 July 4, 2012 by engagebrain

the article says she was already in Sweden, that he pursued her and that her family pressured her to marry him. so unless you know something we don't your comments are simply your fantasy.
14:32 July 4, 2012 by NyDag
Hopefully he will be deported back to the shi.t hole he came from.
18:01 July 4, 2012 by sherkovic
Godnatt: You mindless brat! Read my comment again I said 'No crime can be justified'

Engagebrain: You clown!! Read the whole article again specially these lines:

'The 32-year-old woman met the professor in Iran, where he helped her come to Sweden to study at Karolinska.'

Peace haters!
08:10 July 5, 2012 by Borilla

You and "the respected researcher" join those made so famous by Stieg Larssen: "Men Who Hate Women". Again we have the typical claim that this innocent man was taken advantage of by a woman 20 years younger than him so he had to cut her lips off and eat them. The fact that he offered her the chance to leave the s#"%hole that is Iran and come to a land where she could have some freedom and left his wife to marry her is to be ignored. This looks like his plan, not hers. The problem was that she wanted to take advantage of freedom and "respected" researchers from Iran can't have that can they? Don't worry, your hero will get a fine and be told to seek counseling and be back at Karolinska before you know it. Meanwhile another victim of religious persecution, i.e., those persecuted in the name of someone else's religion will spend her life disfigured. Exactly who is the peace hater?
14:22 July 5, 2012 by sherkovic
Dear Prof. Borilla,

Thank you so much for your over-hyped Winston Churchill style of speech. For putting the records straight here is the link to an earlier article of the same news, please refer to comment 5 made by Sherkovic. http://www.thelocal.se/41582/20120621/

Thank you for branding me a woman hater (if you have even a little bit of shame you should be so embarrassed right now). Thank you for ignoring the fact that I have a sympathy for what has happened to the girl despite the fact I consider her to be a bee eye tee see aich! Thank you so much for ignoring the fact that I have the sympathy for the respected researcher's ex-wife who is also a woman (oh damn sherkovic is a woman hater).

It takes for a man years to earn reputation and the guy who is working in Karolinska as a researcher must have have some standing as a tax payer in a civilized society and there might be some unprecedented circumstances that occurred which allowed this man to react this way, which I believe is totally wrong!
04:04 July 9, 2012 by philster61
Hannibal Lecter eat your heart out.....
01:05 July 10, 2012 by banuazizi
In muslim countries such as Iran, they have something called "qisas" which means Equal Retaliation, an eye for an eye if you will. No prison sentence could justify having to lose your lips. Since both parties are from Iran, if this happened, he would have probably been liable to his lower lip having been surgically removed, pay a fine, and endure a prison sentence. Send him back!
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