Woman held on remand over bones found in flat

A woman accused of having parts of human skeletons in her Gothenburg apartment was brought before Gothenburg’s district court on Saturday for remand negotiations.

The suspect looked fairly relaxed as she arrived at the negotiations, reported the TT news agency.

She denies having committed any crime, but is suspected of having committed an unusual crime classified as “violating the peace of the dead” (brott mot griftefriden).

Swedish national television SVT reported that the woman was originally suspected of murder, as witnesses called the police on Wednesday evening after hearing gun shots fired from a window. On arriving, the police found parts of a skeleton in the woman’s apartment.

“There are several skeleton parts,” said the Västra Götaland police force’s press spokesman Thomas Fuxborg to SVT.

The bones may come from a graveyard, or from a hospital, but they might also be the result of a murder, reported SVT.

The Aftonbladet newspaper spoke with several children who heard the suspect bragging about having knives, weapons and dead bodies at home.

“She said, ‘I’ve killed people and there’s blood everywhere,” said one of the teenagers to Aftonbladet.

The children then saw her go up to her apartment, and fire a gun shot.

The police’s technical investigation has determined that the bones are human, but they have not been able to determine whether the bones come from a man or a woman, or indeed if they come from several different people.

The negotiations began at 1.30pm, and are being held behind closed doors.

The crime can lead to up to two years in prison.

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Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.