Murder suspect arrested after intense manhunt in central Sweden

A man has been arrested suspected of murder following an intense manhunt in Surahammar, where a woman was found dead in the centre of the town.

Murder suspect arrested after intense manhunt in central Sweden
Police and forensic workers at the scene. Photo: Erik Simander/TT

Police were called to a recycling station in the town centre at lunchtime on Tuesday where a woman was said to have been attacked with some form of sharp weapon, and found her dead at the scene.

Several witnesses gave accounts of a suspected perpetrator who fled the area, which led to a manhunt where police searched the town with helicopters and detection dogs.

The man was finally arrested in the evening, suspected of murder on “good grounds” (the lower degree of suspicion according to Swedish law). The woman, who was 55 knew the suspected perpetrator, who is in his 60s, according to police.

“I don't want to go into where he was found. We aren't ruling out the possibility that there could be other perpetrators,” Västmanland police spokesperson Jonas Partheen told news agency TT.

Forensic investigations of the crime scene, several cars and homes were carried out. Finds were made during the afternoon that may be used as evidence, but police did not want to go into further detail about them.

“The investigation continues now. We're going to hold several interviews and carry out forensic analysis the finds,” Partheen said, adding that the woman has not yet been identified.


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.