Life in jail for Swede who murdered and mutilated victim

A 37-year-old has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder after he stabbed a man to death and mutilated him in southern Swedish city Kalmar.

Life in jail for Swede who murdered and mutilated victim
Kalmar District Court sentenced the offender on Friday. Photo: Mikael Fritzon/TT

Martin Olsson met the victim at a bar on November 6th last year. Along with his girlfriend and another man, he was invited to the victim’s apartment for an after party. An argument broke out in the kitchen soon after arriving.

Olsson punched the 53-year-old repeatedly before moving to the bathroom, where he attacked him with a knife, stabbing and cutting him 22 times.

Neighbours raised the alarm after hearing noise from the building. When officers arrived at the scene the attacker’s girlfriend attempted to stop them from entering by claiming that the blood was part of a Halloween party.

The victim’s dead body was found in the bathroom, and his genitals had been cut off.

Olsson has previously been convicted of several other serious violent crimes, and had recently been released on parole when the November attack occurred.

He denied his involvement in the crime, but his DNA was found on five different knives in the apartment, with the same blades containing no traces of DNA from the other two individuals who were invited back to the home.

The victim’s blood was also detected on both Olsson’s body and clothing, and the offender had several injuries which suggested a struggle had taken place.

And on Friday, Kalmar District Court sentenced him to life imprisonment for murder, writing that the event was characterized by a “particular ruthlessness, brutality and barbarism” in their judgment.


Swedish Green leader: ‘Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity’

The riots that rocked Swedish cities over the Easter holidays were nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, but instead come down to class, the joint leader of Sweden's Green Party has told The Local in an interview.

Swedish Green leader: 'Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity'

Ahead of a visit to the school in Rosengård that was damaged in the rioting, Märta Stenevi said that neither the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who provoked the riots by burning copies of the Koran, nor those who rioted, injuring 104 policemen, were ultimately motivated by religion. 

“His demonstration had nothing to do with religion or with Islam. It has everything to do with being a right extremist and trying to to raise a lot of conflict between groups in Sweden,” she said of Paludan’s protests. 

“On the other side, the police have now stated that there were a lot of connections to organised crime and gangs, who see this as an opportunity to raise hell within their communities.”

Riots broke out in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm, Norrköping, Linköping and Landskrona over the Easter holidays as a result of Paludan’s tour of the cities, which saw him burn multiple copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam. 


More than 100 police officers were injured in the riots, sparking debates about hate-crime legislation and about law and order. 

According to Stenevi, the real cause of the disorder is the way inequality has increased in Sweden in recent decades. 

“If you have big chasms between the rich people and poor people in a country, you will also have a social upheaval and social disturbance. This is well-documented all across the world,” she says. 
“What we have done for the past three decades in Sweden is to create a wider and wider gap between those who have a lot and those who have nothing.” 

The worst way of reacting to the riots, she argues, is that of Sweden’s right-wing parties. 
“You cannot do it by punishment, by adding to the sense of outsider status, you have to start working on actually including people, and that happens through old-fashioned things such as education, and a proper minimum income, to lift people out of their poverty, not to keep them there.”

This, she says, is “ridiculous”, when the long-term solution lies in doing what Sweden did to end extreme inequality at the start of the 20th century, when it created the socialist folkhem, or “people’s home”. 

“It’s easy to forget that 100 to 150 years ago, Sweden was a developing country, with a huge class of poor people with no education whatsoever. And we did this huge lift of a whole nation. And we can do this again,” she says. “But it needs resources, it needs political will.”