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Murdered couple's safe may have been found

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10:20 CEST+02:00
Police have found a discarded safe in southern Sweden in what may prove to be the vital clue and motive behind the brutal double murder of an elderly farming couple in south western Sweden last year.

The rusted safe was found on Sunday by a person who tipped off the GT/Expressen newspaper.

“I read about the safe in GT, and I drove by with the car and saw a white or grey safe lying in the bushes. I immediately thought that it could be the safe they're searching for,” the anonymous finder told the paper.

In October last year, a safe was missing from the home of 69-year-old dairy farmer Torgny Antby and his 71-year-old wife Inger, who were brutally killed by two suspected thieves.

As the safe was never found, the court was forced to throw out "aggravated robbery" as a motive for the crime, explaining at the time that without the safe the evidence was lacking.

Police are currently comparing the find with reports of missing safes, and have not confirmed whether the safe is believed to be that missing from the farmers' home.

“It could be anything from the Långared murder to a break-in,” said one of the police officer's at the scene to the paper.

Two men from Poland, named in the Swedish media as Miroslaw Tabisz, 34, and Jacek Tabor, 40, were convicted in June for the murder, and were sentenced to life in Swedish prison. The men will be deported after serving their prison sentences.

Both men denied the crime and have appealed the court's decision.

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