Woman convicted of murder of cohabitant

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Published 29 November 2021 at 10.57

Domestic. The woman who was charged with the so-called Hedlandet murder was acquitted of murder by the district court. But now she is sentenced for the crime by the Court of Appeal, to 16 years in prison.

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The woman was prosecuted and convicted by the district court for breach of peace and gross fraud for, among other things, having handled and burned the body of her deceased partner.

She was also convicted of transferring money from the man's account to his own. However, the district court acquitted the woman of the charge of murder.

The victim, a 50-year-old entrepreneur from Hallstahammar, disappeared without a trace in December 2018. In a text message sent from his phone to relatives, it was alleged that he went on a caravan holiday.

The Court of Appeal also convicts the woman for breach of peace and gross fraud , but also convicts her of murder.

The Court of Appeal shares the district court's assessment that it has not been shown how the man died. According to the Court of Appeal, however, the evidence presented in the Court of Appeal is sufficient to conclude when the man died and that only the cohabitant was present at that time.

Unlike the district court, the Court of Appeal also concludes that through the measures taken by the woman after the man's death, including cleaning up and burning up the body and the fact that the man was drugged at the time of death, there is reasonable doubt that the woman intentionally killed the man.

– The accused woman has after the man's death, in the course of a few days, got rid of the man's mobile phone, bought large quantities of cleaning products, firewood, petrol and matches and in various ways stored, transported and finally burned them. the man's body. The action can not be understood in any other way than that she did this to hide that she intentionally killed the man. The woman has also not come up with any explanations for her actions and therefore the Court of Appeal has not had the same obligation as otherwise to relate to alternative courses of events, says the court's chairman, Court of Appeal Councilor Sven Jönson, in a statement.

for 16 years. The woman must also pay damages to some of the man's relatives.

The members of the Court of Appeal agree with the assessments.