A Norwegian man in his 50s from Agder has been arrested and charged with murering his domestic partner, cutting up her corpse and storing it in a freezer at their remote farm in Värmland in Sweden. He has confessed to the dismemberment but not to murder.
The victim was also from Agder in Southern Norway, and the couple are believed to have emigrated to Sweden in the late 2000s. Swedish police have said she was in her 60s and may have died or been killed and placed in the freezer several years ago. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported during the weekend that some of her relatives had tried to visit her at the farm in Sweden in the summer of 2019 but only met the man now charged. He allegedly told them she was out walking their dog. Neighbours said they hadn’t seen her for at least a year.
Her family reported concerns that she’d gone missing to local police but it wasn’t until the suspect landed recently in hospital himself, according to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, and revealed some information that police finally searched the couple’s farm house and found the woman’s body parted and placed in the freezer.
The suspect’s defense attorney said his client has offered an explanation of how the woman died, but couldn’t reveal details. He stressed that his client denies murdering the woman but has confessed to dismembering her body.
The man now in police custody has a criminal record dating back to the 1980s that includes petty theft and drunk driving but also rape and attempted rape. He now been ordered held in jail while Swedish police continue to investigate the case.