Lip-eater’s jail sentence ‘insufficient’: prosecutor

The professor who ate his wife’s lip after cutting it off with a scalpel will have his conviction appealed after prosecutors claimed the five-year prison sentence was insufficient.

Lip-eater's jail sentence 'insufficient': prosecutor

Jakob Holmberg, a prosecutor in the case, claims the sentence itself is far too short considering the nature of the attack, and should be taken up in the court of appeals.

“I have made up my mind to appeal, with specific regard to the sentencing,” he told the TT news agency.

The 52-year-old professor was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for aggravated assault and was also ordered to pay his 32-year-old wife 96,900 kronor ($13,800) in compensation for the attack.

However, Holmberg had been aiming for a sentence of eight years.

Holmberg claims that the motive behind the attack, which the professor claimed was so his wife “would never kiss another man again,” should be worthy of a harsher punishment.

The prosecutor also hopes a review from a higher court will help contribute to the establishment of legal precedent regarding such cases in the future.

“For the most part, there is a lack of comparable precedent. This is a very new classification of crime which has only been around for two years and needs to be tested in a higher court,” he said.

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 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 professor’s lawyer was unable to be reached for comment, being currently on holiday.

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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