Swedish police quiz two in triple murder case

Swedish police quiz two in triple murder case
Police investigate after three people were found dead in Uddevalla, Sweden. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT
Two brothers were being held by police on Monday over a triple murder in the town of Uddevalla in western Sweden on Saturday.

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The younger man's lawyer, Bo Hallberg, told Swedish news agency TT his client denied the accusations.

“His view is that he completely denies involvement in this crime. Two very close friends are dead and he is very sad. And now he himself is under suspicion. He thinks this is an absurd and completely ridiculous situation,” said Hallberg.

The two brothers were born in 1992 and 1993 and are from Uddevalla. Both have previous convictions. Prosecutor Daniel Edsbagge did not want to give more information when asked by TT.

“I can't discuss details surrounding the investigation. It is still only just commencing and I don't know what the rest of the investigation will bring. We have theories, but to avoiding causing any damage I don't want to say more at this stage,” he said.

Meanwhile, officers were on Monday still looking for a moped seen driving north from the scene near Uddevalla hospital around the time of the killings, which were carried out between 1am and 1.30am on Saturday morning.

Residents of Uddevalla have been paying tribute to the victims. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

The three victims were identified on Saturday and officers have reported that they are two men, born 1992 and 1993, and one woman, born 1996. All are residents of Uddevalla.

Police spokesman Thomas Fuxborg confirmed on Sunday that the victims had been shot but declined to confirm how many shots had been fired.

The bodies were found by a jogger at around 7am on Saturday morning. The jogger found a dead man in a car and when the police arrived two further bodies were found lying nearby.

The area around the suspected murders remained cordoned off on Sunday night and large numbers of residents and mourners gathered at the hospital in the course of the day.

Many residents of Uddevalla, home to around 30,000 people, expressed shock over the gruesome events. 

"It is very disturbing. There has been some trouble here lately. But I didn't expect that something like this could happen," said Margot Magnusson, who lives near the hospital.

"I feel unsafe. I never go out by myself at night any more. This could happen to anyone," said Anna-Lisa, who also lives nearby, but did not want to share her surname due to her fears.