Prison for man who cut off and ate wife’s lip

A 52-year-old academic at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute who cut off his wife's lip and ate it to prevent her from kissing another man was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for the attack.

Prison for man who cut off and ate wife's lip

The conviction for aggravated assault was a disappointment to prosecutor Ingela Hessius, who had argued the man be jailed for eight years because of the heinous nature of the crime.

“We wanted eight years, but the important thing is that he has been convicted,” she told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

The 52-year-old man, who is a respected researcher at the Karolinska Institute north of Stockholm, attacked his wife in May at their home south of the city.

In a fit of jealousy over suspicions that his 32-year-old wife was seeing another man, the academic straddled his wife while she was sleeping and sliced off her lower lip with a scalpel.

“I’m going to see to it that you can never kiss again. I’ll get four years in prison, you’ll get a life sentence,” he told his wife as he cut off her lip, according to statements given to police.

The 32-year-old woman met the professor in Iran, where he helped her come to Sweden to study at Karolinska.

It was during this time that the man fell in love with the woman, leaving his then-wife to marry her.

However, the 32-year-old asked for a divorce only six months into the marriage, a request which eventually led to the attack whereby he cut off his wife’s lip and then proceeded to swallow it to prevent it from being reattached by surgeons.

“I thought I was going to die,” the woman recalled thinking when she awoke to find her husband straddling her brandishing a scalpel, according to Aftonbladet.

During the trial, the 52-year-old expressed little remorse for his actions.

“Every time she stands in front of a mirror and puts on lipstick she will have to think about what she’s done to me,” he told the court, according to the Expressen newspaper.

The court ruled the man be convicted for extremely aggravated assault, a designation for assaults that leave victims with permanent injuries.

“The act of swallowing and throwing away the lip can also be seen as revealing the intent to have the injuries be permanent,” the court wrote in its decision.

In addition to being sentenced to prison, the 52-year-old has also been ordered to pay the woman 96,900 kronor ($13,800) in compensation.

Prosecutor Hessius said he is both satisfied and dissatisfied with the ruling, but hasn’t decided whether or not to appeal the verdict.

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Bayern Munich footballer under investigation for assault

Bayern Munich and former German national team football star Jerome Boateng, 31, has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking his former partner, German prosecutors confirmed Tuesday.

Bayern Munich footballer under investigation for assault
Jerome Boateng earlier this year. Photo: DPA

“The Munich prosecutor's office has had proceedings open against Jerome Boateng for dangerous assault since autumn 2018.

Following extensive investigations, charges were brought on February 11th, 2019,” chief prosecutor Anne Leiding told AFP-subsidiary SID, confirming reports in German media outlets Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) and WDR.

Leiding added that the court was yet to open the case, but had accepted an accessory prosecution from the alleged victim, named only as 'S.'.

According to the SZ and WDR reports, 'S.' is Boateng's former partner of 10 years and the mother of two of his three children.

Prosecutors also confirmed that Boateng was the subject of a separate police investigation into assault.

Former Germany central defender Boateng is one of the country's most successful players, having won the World Cup with Germany in 2014 and the Champions League with Bayern in 2013.

His career has declined in recent months, after he was dropped from the national squad earlier this year.

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Boateng's relationship with his club has also suffered after he slipped down the defensive pecking order at German league champions Bayern.

In May, club president Uli Hoeness advised the 31-year-old to “find a new club”, but a mooted transfer to Italian giants Juventus fell through at the last minute on the final day of the European transfer window on Monday