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

The trial of a Stockholm-area professor who cut off his wife’s lip and ate it began on Tuesday, with prosecutors predicting a severe punishment for the gruesome attack.

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

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”.

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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These are Sweden’s 13 best universities according to a new ranking

Three Swedish universities have made the top 100 in a prestigious global ranking – with 13 Swedish universities in the top 1000s.

These are Sweden's 13 best universities according to a new ranking
The Karolinska Institute was Sweden's top university in the ranking. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Harvard University in the US again placed first in the table of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU – also often referred to as the Shanghai Ranking).

But Sweden's performance was not too shabby, with the Karolinska Institute, Uppsala University and Stockholm University in the top 100s, and 13 universities in the top 1000s.

Sweden's medical school Karolinska Institute climbed to 38th place in the ranking, up from 44th last year.

It was followed by Uppsala in 62nd place and Stockholm as number 73, who both also improved their performance on last year.

Its Danish neighbours got the highest spot out of the Nordic countries, with University of Copenhagen in 26th place. But Sweden had the most universities listed compared to Denmark's and Norway's six each, Finland's eight and Iceland's one nod in the ranking.

The rest of the Swedish seats were Lund University (in a shared 101-150th spot), University of Gothenburg (151-200), KTH Royal Institute of Technology (201-300), Chalmers University of Technology (301-400), Linköping University (301-400), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (301-400), Stockholm School of Economics (401-500), Umeå University (401-500), Örebro University (801-900) and Luleå University of Technology (901-1000).

Among the six indicators used to rank the universities were the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of highly cited researchers, and the number of articles cited in journals of nature and science