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Woman not guilty in love-affair blackmail drama

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Woman not guilty in love-affair blackmail drama
12:11 CEST+02:00
A woman on trial for blackmailing a doctor after their love-affair turned sour has been acquitted by a Swedish court due to a lack of evidence.

“It's an enormous relief for her of course,” said the woman's lawyer, Gunnar Larsson, to the local Smålands Posten newspaper.

The woman, 51, was freed on Wednesday by the Växjö District Court and was also given access to 428,000 kronor ($61,094) which had been previously blocked from accessing.

"She is going to have access to her money again and I think this will please her, as she has lived with quite small means over the past weeks,” Larsson told the paper.

"It's clear that this put tremendous pressure on her nerves which is now gone and it will take a while for it to sink it.”

The doctor's lawyer claimed to be “surprised” by the decision and was in talks as to whether the doctor would appeal, but would not comment further about the verdict.

The doctor and patient met in Kronoberg in November last year, where the man claimed the woman was in a bad state and needed help, according to the paper.

The man, who is 25 years older than the woman, helped the woman medically, but began to see her outside of the clinic after his personal interest in the case spawned what he described as an “intimate relationship”.

The doctor, who reported the woman to police at the end of April, revealed that the woman had “substance abuse problems” when they met, and that the woman was suicidal.

When their relationship ended, the woman began to ask for money from the doctor, according to his own version of events. She threatened to reveal their relationship and “make a scandal” if she didn't get paid off.

However, according to the woman's version, she never threatened the doctor and the payments she received from the doctor were just “gifts”.

While the court explained that the doctor explained events in a more trustworthy manner, there wasn't enough evidence to justify a conviction, resulting in a not-guilty verdict.

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