Swedish ‘cannibal’ convicted of murder

A 32-year-old Swedish man who decapitated his girlfriend and then ate parts of her body was convicted on Tuesday of murder.

The Skövde District Court sentenced Isakin Jonsson, referred to in the press as “The Skara Cannibal”, to time in a institutional psychiatric care.

Jonsson was arrested last November after calling police from his apartment in Skara in central Sweden and explaining that he had killed his 40-year-old girlfriend.

He had also cut off her head and other parts of her body, some of which he then ate.

“I remember how I slit her throat. Then I went to the kitchen and started cooking,” Jonsson told the court, according to the Expressen newspaper.

The call Jonsson made to emergency services in which he confessed to the crime was also replayed during the trial.

“When you come here, you don’t have to go after me. I’m as calm as can be,” he said in the call.

The day of the murder, Jonsson and his girlfriend had gone shopping before returning to the apartment they shared together.

In the evening, Jonsson’s girlfriend laid down on a mattress to rest, at which point he came over with a knife and sliced up the mattress before sitting on the woman’s shoulders and cutting her throat.

“With a knife, saw, and scissors, he removed the head from the body,” prosecutor Lars Johansson told the court.

Jonsson, who has been found to suffer from severe mental illness from a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, showed no remorse in court.

“I stand for what I’ve said and I stand for what I did,” he said.

He was also unable to explain the gruesome killing when asked by prosecutors why he did it.

“That’s something I also wonder about. I trust the doctors. There was no motive whatsoever. We were a couple with a future together. I’ve never felt this way with a girl before,” he said, according to Expressen.

In addition to psychiatric care, Jonsson was also ordered to 75,000 kronor ($11,700) in compensation to his girlfriend’s parents, as well as to all five of her children.

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