A Norwegian man has been given a three-and-a-half-year prison term by a Swedish court for the discovery of his deceased partner’s remains in a freezer. He had preserved her body in the freezer while still receiving her pension.
According to an English-language Norwegian news source, the 57-year-old individual informed his friends and family that his 60-year-old partner remained alive and in good health, despite her unfortunate demise due to cancer back in 2018.
The woman’s family grew concerned when they lost contact with her. In response to their attempts to reach her, the man consistently offered explanations that she was either resting or not reachable. Eventually, he informed them that she had chosen not to communicate with them any longer.
Acting on a tip, the police discovered her remains in March. Subsequently, the man confessed to concealing her death and her body.
At first, he asserted that his motive for concealing her body was to delay until spring, intending to bury her close to their Varmland farm.
There was a report suggesting that the man had gone to the extent of dismembering his partner before placing her in the freezer, alongside his food supplies.
“The man also used the freezer for other purposes which I argue means that the deceased person’s sanctity of the grave was violated every time the man opened and closed the freezer, which is an aggravating circumstance,” a prosecutor noted.
Prosecutors disclosed that the accused generated a sum of nearly $117,000 from his organized fraudulent activities. Additionally, he had manipulated vehicle ownership and registrations, using the name of the deceased.
During his trial, the man asserted that he maintained communication with his partner through telepathy. However, psychiatrists appointed by the court had previously confirmed that the man did not exhibit any signs of mental illness, and subsequent assessments reaffirmed this conclusion.
The court rendered a verdict of guilty against the individual, finding him culpable of multiple offenses including severe violations of civil liberties, extensive fraud, desecration of a corpse, and the fabrication of documents, among other charges.
Initially, prosecutors had sought a four-year prison term, but the court mitigated the sentence and mandated that the man reimburse the funds he had acquired through his fraudulent activities.