Woman gets 15 years for stabbing boyfriend

A 42-year-old Swedish mother of five charged with the murder of her boyfriend in June this year, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for stabbing her spouse to death and then photographing his injuries.

“The court finds that the violence that has been carried out was extensive and that XX must have been aware that her actions would mean the victim’s death,” the Gävle District Court wrote in the verdict.

The victim, 49-year-old Ingemar Wallin, was found dead at the end of June in his house in Högbo, near Gävle in eastern Sweden.

His 42-year-old girlfriend had alerted police and told them what had happened after returning to her home in Södertälje, south of Stockholm.

After a rocky relationship followed by a brief separation, Wallin and his girlfriend had reunited and were in the process of moving in together at his new house.

The night of the killing, the couple were celebrating the Midsummer together with two of the woman’s young children.

However, at some point during the night, Wallin’s arms were slashed by a blade and he was violently stabbed in the chest.

The woman has claimed during the trial that she acted in self-defence when she severed the main arteries in Wallin’s throat and arm.

However, the examples of his violent side that she provided the court were few and not very clear, according to local paper Gefle Dagblad.

Meanwhile, a witness for the prosecution, a former colleague of the woman, said that she had spoken about the deed as if it was planned.

The 42-year-old had said that she was “biding her time” until Wallin had gone to bed before she struck, according to the witness.

The forensic analysis showed that Wallin was lying down when he was stabbed and according to the witness, the 42-year-old woman had given a detailed account of what she had done after returning home.

The woman slashed Wallin some 30 times, several stabs which constituted fatal wounds, but most were injuries he had received while trying to fight her off.

According to the witness, the woman had mentioned using a filleting knife she had received as a gift from work:

“Isn’t it great that the Christmas present finally came to use,” she had said, according to the witness statement.

Police said during the investigation that there was no clear motive for the murder but that the girlfriend’s testimony indicated that a large amount of alcohol had been consumed over the course of the evening.

Apart from spending the next 15 years in prison, the woman was also ordered to pay damages amounting to 135,000 kronor ($20,300) to Wallin’s grown-up daughters.

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Sweden’s Gävle Christmas goat ready to return for festive season

Sweden's straw yule goat Gävlebocken, whose biggest claim to fame is its tendency to get burned down every year, is all set for its annual return on Sunday.

Sweden's Gävle Christmas goat ready to return for festive season
The ill-fated 2016 Gävlebocken. Photo: Pernilla Wahlman/TT

Every year, the Christmas goat (Gävlebocken) in the Slottstorget square in Gävle, central Sweden, attracts a media storm with locals dreaming up new ways to protect the arson-prone 13-metre-high creation.

Despite their efforts, including in some years spraying the goat in anti-flammable liquid, the goat usually goes up in flames long before Swedes have opened their Christmas presents.

Last year, the goat surprisingly made it to Boxing Day intact, to the delight of organisers, who were reported to have put a “secret” plan into effect to protect it.

In 2016 it was less fortunate, going down in flames mere hours after its inauguration.

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“Many people are invested” in the straw goat in Gävle, Maria Wallberg of the town’s municipality told TT.

The central Swedish town is naturally proud of its luckless Christmas decoration, despite the fact it has burned town 29 times during its 50-year history.

Thousands of people are expect to attend the unveiling of the goat on Sunday, with the ceremony to be presented by Swedish comedian Clara Henry.

“It means an incredible amount that the city has such a strong symbol which is known all over the world,” Wallberg said.

Security around the giant goat is expected to be high, both during its inauguration day and throughout December. Security guards and cameras will both be deployed to keep an eye on it behind its fencing, while a taxi rank has been moved to the square to increase the presence of people in the area.

“For security reasons, we can’t go into too much detail,” Wallberg said of any further precautions.

Historical precedent is against Gävlebocken. In its first year, 1966, it burned down on New Year’s Eve and it has only made it through the entire month on 15 occasions. It has been burned, stolen and vandalised. In 1976, someone drove a stock car into it.

Orörd = undamaged; uppeldad = burned down; annan skada = otherwise damaged; oklart öde = fate unknown. Graphic: TT

“An attack early in the season would mean cancellations at hotels and restaurants. So it is incredibly important for Gävle, Gävle’s businesses and for everyone who wants to visit the goat that it is still standing at New Year,” Wallberg said.

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