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Elderly murder suspect found dead

A 78-year-old man suspected of murdering his 76-year-old wife in their apartment in Kristinehamn in August, was found dead on Saturday.

“We don’t suspect any crime,” said Per-Arne Eriksson at Värmlands police told the Aftonbladet daily.

The man, who was convicted for triple murder in 1975, had been on remand since August after being found with the deceased woman.

The man was found by staff at the psychiatric clinic where he was being housed while on remand on suspicion of murdering.

According to Aftonbladet the man died from a heart attack.

The man was arrested on August 6th after neighbours had become suspicious and police arrived at the apartment to find the woman stabbed to death.

The man had also sustained knife wounds.

The couple had lived together in the apartment for over 30 years and had not previously courted any attention, managing to keep the man’s grisly past a secret from the neighbours.

Following the man’s arrest it emerged that he had previously been convicted for the triple murder of his then fiancée and her parents in December 1975.

The murders occurred after the man complained that the Christmas ham had been under-cooked by his fiancée, according to Aftonbladet.

The man was reported to have been a member of the A9 officers’ club in Kristinehamn at the time and used his service weapon to commit the killings.

The fiancée’s then 10-year-old daughter was also seriously injured in the attack, and the killer was sentenced to psychiatric care.

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Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden’s Easter riots

A 30-year-old man has been jailed for six months for throwing a stone at a policeman during one of the riots that swept Sweden over Easter.

Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden's Easter riots

The man was found guilty of “violent rioting” and “attempted violence against an officer” for his behaviour during a riot in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Good Friday. 

The sentence by the Solna District Court marks the first ruling connected with the unrest, which followed a series of Koran-burnings carried out by the Danish far-Right activist Rasmus Paludan. 

Although the man was found guilty of taking part in the riot, the court ruled that there was no evidence he was an organiser or instigator of the violence. 

“Many people were active and the crowd rushed back and forth for a long time. There has been no indication that [his] actions had any effect on the crowd “, the court wrote in its judgement. 

Although he threw a stone, it did no damage as the policeman managed to duck in time. 

READ ALSO: Swedish police say riots are ‘extremely serious crimes against society’

The police had requested SEK 10,000 in damages, but the court refused to award any, arguing that violence was to be expected at such a large riot. 

“This was a situation where the police had a clear reason to expect to be met by some violence, and can be assumed to have been prepared for this,” the court wrote.

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