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Sex-chamber suspect remanded in custody

The 47-year-old man suspected of holding a woman prisoner in an underground sex-chamber in western Sweden was remanded in custody on Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and aggravated rape.

Sex-chamber suspect remanded in custody

During questioning, the man has denied committing any crime, but admitted that he had been in the cellar of an abandoned farm house north of Halmstad.

The hidden underground lair, which was discovered several weeks ago by a pair of amateur photographers, contained handcuffs and a collection of sex toys, as well as a bed outfitted with an elaborate set of harnesses and ropes that could have been used to hold people against their will.

After the discovery of the dungeon-like room was made public, a woman in her thirties went to the police claiming the 47-year-old had held her captive in the sex-chamber for a number of days several years ago.

“My client adamantly claims that he is neither guilty of this or any other crime that he is suspected of,” defence attorney Leif Silbersky told the TT news agency following a Friday remand hearing in Halmstad District Court.

During the hearing, Silbersky requested that his client be released immediately. Due to confidentiality restrictions, however, he was unable to comment on the evidence presented during the more than two-hour long proceeding.

“I can only say that the district court agreed with the prosecutor’s line of argument and that the prosecutor now has 14 days to continue his work,” said Silbersky.

Police have combed a wide area around the abandoned farmhouse. According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, there is another unoccupied house nearby with an attic furnished in a way reminiscent of the cellar in the now cordoned-off house.

In the attic of the second house, there is a mattress surrounded by adult diapers and empty beverage containers connected to a long hose, according to the newspaper.

Lars Hamrén, head of the violent crimes division of the Halland County police, refused to comment on the report in detail, saying only that police don’t see any connection to the ongoing police investigation.

“We don’t see the need to cordon off that house. We don’t see any direct connection,” he told TT.

A number of people have contacted police following initial media reports about the secret sex-chamber.

“Several people have gotten in touch, but it’s too early to say if that will lead to any new complaints being filed,” said Hamrén.

No one else who has contacted the police has mentioned events with any connection to the abandoned house.

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The Local's readers take over our Instagram account to introduce each other to towns and neighbourhoods across Sweden. Today, Marta Nowosińska from Poland talks about life in Halmstad.

#MySweden: 'Cycle paths lead you wherever you want to go'
Marta Nowosińska. Photo: Private.

How old are you and what do you normally spend your days doing? 

I’m 24. I spend my days working, cycling, discovering the city and meeting up with new people. I work as a personal care assistant and bingovärdinna (bingo hostess) in the one and only bingo hall in the city. My goal was to find a job where I can use my Swedish and have contact with native speakers to develop my language skills.

And it has happened, so I’m surrounded by Swedes every day and every moment I learn some new words that I can I add to the list of Swedish words I have learned during my stay in Halmstad.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

Ladies and gentlemen, now it’s time to present the Swedish dish of the day. I had this honor to be @chefsvensson’s guest today and taste some local delicacies. In the picture you can see: Slow-baked salmon with kale and rootfruits, served with a roe sauce. . . ??Lågtemperead laxfilé på grönkålsbädd med rotfrukter och romsås. . . . One of the ingredients was grönkål(kale), very popular in Sweden and especially in the region of Halland where you can find “halländsk grönkål” or “långkål” as one of dishes on the Swedish “julbord” during Christmas. It’s served with Swedish Christmas ham or sausages then. Today I could taste it with the salmon and that was…. absolutely amazing ????? I don’t have the recipe but I think you can contact the author of the dish. He has a great knowledge about the food and cooking and I’m very thankful he shared this knowledge with me today, tack @chefsvensson ! . . #food #delicious_food #swedishfood #sweden #visitsweden #halmstad #halland #grönkål #traditions #foodporn #mysweden #newexperience #foodstagram #foodphotography #destinationhalmstad #salmon #cooking #taste #local #dish #dishoftheday

Ein Beitrag geteilt von The Local Sweden (@thelocalsweden) am Nov 21, 2018 um 1:46 PST

When and why did you move to your city? 

I moved to Sweden two months ago. I had been dreaming about moving to Sweden for more than ten years before it happened. A year ago I decided to finally make this dream come true. I had one year of studies left, so I decided to spend this year collecting money, finishing Scandinavian studies and getting ready to move to Sweden. I wanted to move to Gothenburg but it was very hard to find an apartment in the city…. so I started to give up the hope and then one day we went out with students and teachers from Scandinavian studies.

I talked about my dream and I heard that my Swedish teacher had an apartment to rent in Halmstad. I googled the city, took a walk on Google Maps and liked what I saw. The next day I told them I would love to rent the apartment.

And that’s how I ended up living here. It was all down to chance. But I really enjoy living here and this morning, when I was taking a walk in the city centre, I felt that I'm probably falling in love with the city.

Even if it’s autumn and it’s grey and cold in here there is some magic on the streets of Halmstad. 

What do you love the most about your city? 

I love that Halmstad is so close to the sea, and that you can cycle everywhere here and cycle paths lead you wherever you want to go. I love that the city is so calm and that it reminds me of Gdansk, the city in Poland I had been living in before I moved here. And I love that sometimes you can smell cinnamon when you pass by the cafés on the bike. 

What annoys you the most about your city?

Actually I couldn’t find anything that annoys me yet…I think I need some more time to see the disadvantages. I’m still in the first phase of falling in love with this place. Everything seems so new and so exciting that I don’t see these small things that probably will annoy me in the future. 

How should I spend a day in your city? 

You should start your day from breakfast or morning coffee at Skånskan, then take a walk along the river and then along the coast enjoying the Prins Bertils stig. You can take a break somewhere on the path, there are many places where you can light up a bonfire so I can recommend to roast food over a fire and enjoy your lunch somewhere ute i naturen (out in nature). And in the evening you should watch the sunset over Halmstad, maybe on the Galgberget.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
 

It’s after midnight so it’s time to tell you this story. The story of #Galgberget. This morning I took you with me to the very popular viewpoint in Halmstad. Nowadays people go there to take a walk, to take some pictures or to take morgonfika (morning coffee ☕️) as I did. But around 400 years ago there weren’t many people who went there because they wanted to. Galgberget, which literally means The Gallows hill, was an executions place until 1850s! Highly recommended to visit when you are in #Halmstad. First picture was taken this morning. Second picture is from one sunny October day. ?☺️ #visithalmstad #visithalland #destinationhalmstad #visitsweden #sweden #mysweden @halmstadcity @halmstadskommun @visithalland #adventuretime #discoversweden

Ein Beitrag geteilt von The Local Sweden (@thelocalsweden) am Nov 16, 2018 um 3:29 PST

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