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Lip-eater's jail sentence 'insufficient': prosecutor

The Local · 12 Jul 2012, 14:43

Published: 12 Jul 2012 14:43 GMT+02:00

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Jakob Holmberg, a prosecutor in the case, claims the sentence itself is far too short considering the nature of the attack, and should be taken up in the court of appeals.

“I have made up my mind to appeal, with specific regard to the sentencing,” he told the TT news agency.

The 52-year-old professor was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for aggravated assault and was also ordered to pay his 32-year-old wife 96,900 kronor ($13,800) in compensation for the attack.

However, Holmberg had been aiming for a sentence of eight years.

Holmberg claims that the motive behind the attack, which the professor claimed was so his wife “would never kiss another man again,” should be worthy of a harsher punishment.

The prosecutor also hopes a review from a higher court will help contribute to the establishment of legal precedent regarding such cases in the future.

"For the most part, there is a lack of comparable precedent. This is a very new classification of crime which has only been around for two years and needs to be tested in a higher court," he said.

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.

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

"I'm going to see to it that you can never kiss again. I'll get four years in prison, you'll get a life sentence," he told his wife as he cut off her lip, according to statements given to police.

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The professor’s lawyer was unable to be reached for comment, being currently on holiday.

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15:29 July 12, 2012 by Rebel
Is the "man" convicted? If so why is there no mention of his actual identity?
16:24 July 12, 2012 by canuk
52-årige Hodjattallah Rabbani
17:06 July 12, 2012 by Dazzler
Wonder where all the feminazis are to protest this failure of a culture. Too busy getting their panties in a wad protesting a hotdog ad?
17:17 July 12, 2012 by canuk
Dazzler, im sure that NOONE was concerned abou the HD ad. it was just made a big deal of by the local becuase it has a sexual connotation. Anything with sex is immediately put on the local.
17:26 July 12, 2012 by libertarianism
Good job, Mr. Holmberg!
21:21 July 12, 2012 by Swedishmyth
"I'm going to see to it that you can never kiss again. I'll get four years in prison, you'll get a life sentence"

There you go. Swedish sentences are so lenient that committing crimes is often considered a worthwhile endeavor, even while knowing the full extent of the punishment.
04:10 July 13, 2012 by Svensksmith
I just got an email warning of creeping sharia law and how Muslim society devalues women....and I think to myself, "no, this can't be true in today's modern society."

Then I read a story like this and can't help but wonder....
09:44 July 13, 2012 by Osk
This is a sick country. Not the person who committed this crime - he is a sick individual (and I don't mean ill). It is the average Swede that is sick. How can any of them accept that a four year sentence or even eight years max is acceptable period of punishment for such a crime. Time and time again we see low sentences for crimes on people in this county.
10:58 July 13, 2012 by mafketis
The answer is simple - Swedes are cowards.

What this man did was evil and only the most despicable cowards are afraid to punish evil.
16:33 July 13, 2012 by james_g
@ mafketis - you seem to be suffering from an irrational obsession...
19:28 July 13, 2012 by mafketis
I'd say it's pretty rational. It doesn't give me joy but almost everything I read about Sweden points to widespread deep and thorough cowardice.

Do you have many good counter examples?
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