Lip-eater’s jail sentence ‘insufficient’: prosecutor

The professor who ate his wife’s lip after cutting it off with a scalpel will have his conviction appealed after prosecutors claimed the five-year prison sentence was insufficient.

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

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.

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

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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