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Man set girlfriend on fire over renovation fight

A couple in southern Sweden couldn't agree on which tape to use while repainting their window frames – leading the man to set his partner, and the house, on fire.

Man set girlfriend on fire over renovation fight
File photo: Jessica Gow/TT

The couple, exhausted after a long day renovating their house in Skåne, started arguing about details of their home improvement project.

The situation quickly escalated into a nightmare, however, with the man pouring gasoline over the house and his girlfriend and setting them both alight.

“It was like something from a horror movie,” the woman told investigators, the Metro newspaper reported.

The woman escaped the flames by diving head-first out of a small window. She then managed to run to a neighbour, who later told police the woman was bleeding and badly burned.

Emergency services arrived to find found the house ablaze and a blue gasoline can nearby.

During interrogations, the 42-year-old man claimed he didn't remember much from the evening, explaining he'd had a few drinks prior to the incident and that he was "exhausted" by his girlfriend's nagging.

"She complained about absolutely everything, how I painted, how I cleaned…Things got stressful,” he told investigators about the evening in July when the incident took place.

The man's explanations held little sway with the Lund District Court, however, which last week found him guilty of arson and attempted murder and sentenced him to eight years in prison. He was also ordered to pay 200,000 kronor ($30,138) in damages to the woman, who has been unable to work due to pain and mental suffering.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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