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Woman not guilty in love-affair blackmail drama

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.

Woman not guilty in love-affair blackmail drama

“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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Woman dies hours after ambulance no-show

A hospital has been reported to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) after it chose against sending an ambulance to a woman with breathing problems who died hours later from blood clotting to her lungs.

Woman dies hours after ambulance no-show

Emergency workers from the Södra Älvsborg Hospital in southern Sweden suspected the patient, who was in her forties, was simply suffering from stomach flu when she called complaining of breathing problems, diarrhoea, and fever.

They chose against picking her up, advising the woman to stay at home, where she died several hours later, shortly after another ambulance arrived.

The coroner’s report showed that the woman died from blood clotting to her lungs, according to the Borås Tidning newspaper, something the nurses couldn’t have known from the woman’s own evaluation.

“It’s a tricky case, very unusual,” Jerker Isacson, chief of medicine at the hospital, told the paper.

The incident occurred earlier in the year when winter flu was in full force, and the emergency workers were overloaded with call outs.

The hospital itself has now reported the incident to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) in accordance with Sweden’s Lex-Maria laws, the informal name for regulations governing the reporting of injuries and incidents in the healthcare system.

“We want it to be evaluated and to investigate ourself how the paramedics acted the first time. We don’t know if it was the right judgment when they were there. The nurses made no obvious mistakes or errors,” Isacson said.

“The patient had good information but we want to be as sure as possible that something similar will not happen again.”

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