Swedish teen’s convicted killer to appeal decision

Inger Rönnbäck, the lawyer of Nerijus Bilevicius, the man convicted of murdering 17-year-old Lisa Holm, has told the regional Skövde Nyheter newspaper that her client is adamant he is innocent of the murder and will appeal.

Swedish teen's convicted killer to appeal decision
Swedish teenager Lisa Holm. Photo: Police handout

“My client says he is innocent,” Rönnbäck told the newspaper.

Rönnbäck also insisted that she intends to call additional witnesses to testify at the Court of Appeal.

Skaraborg District Court handed 35-year-old Nerijus Bilevicius a life sentence on November 17th.

Lisa Holm's death is one of the most high profile in Sweden this year. She was killed after she went missing in June following a shift at a cafe in Blomberg near Lidköping in western Sweden.

Although an autopsy found that the teenager had not been sexually assaulted, she was partially unclothed when she was found and her mouth had been taped shut. 

The verdict said that Holm was killed on June 7th in a barn in Blomberg, after which she was taken to the place her body was found a few kilometres from the area.

It said forensic evidence including traces of Bilevicius' DNA strongly indicated that he was guilty. It also noted that he lacked an alibi for the time of the murder.

“If there had been [DNA] traces on an item of clothing, that could have been accepted. But there are so many traces, both on the scene of the crime and where the body was found,” the court's chairwoman Anna-Karin Lundberg told the TT news agency after the verdict was pronounced.


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.