Swedish court gives doctor 10 years for abducting woman

HELSINKI -- A Swedish doctor, who abducted a woman and kept her locked up in a bunker for almost a week was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years in prison but was acquitted of aggravated rape because of lack of proof.

See Full Article

In a unanimous verdict, the Stockholm District Court found Martin Trenneborg, 38, guilty of meticulously planning the woman's abduction over a long period of time and of subjecting the victim to serious risk by sedating her and keeping her locked up in a soundproofed bunker he built inside a machine shed next to his home.

The woman, who was not named, passed out after he gave her chocolate-coated strawberries laced with Rohypnol, also known as a "date-rape drug," before taking her to the bunker.

Trenneborg, who had admitted to keeping the woman locked in the bunker, claimed he suffered a mental disorder at the time. He denied having kidnapped her or having raped her. The court said it found insufficient evidence beyond reasonable doubt that he had subjected the victim to sexual intercourse when she was sedated.

The court said it based its verdict on the victim's description of what happened and extensive documentary evidence, and said that it found no mitigating circumstances. It described the doctor's mental disorder as "not serious," adding that it had not affected the verdict.

Trenneborg was ordered to pay 180,000 kronor ($21,000) in damages to the woman.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Suspected car thief dies in fall from crane after police chase

    World News CTV News
    Authorities have released the name of a suspected car thief who fell to his death from a loading crane at the Port of Los Angeles after leading police on a chase across the city. The coroner's office on Thursday identified the man as 23-year-old James Llamas. Source
  • Canadians in Spain told to avoid Barcelona tourist area

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- Canadians in Spain are being urged to avoid the Las Ramblas area in Barcelona, where a van has plowed through a crowd in the popular tourist area near the city centre. Spanish police say at least one person was killed and 32 more injured in the attack, which police say has been confirmed as an act of terror. Source
  • Terror in Spain: Multiple fatalities after van plows pedestrians in Barcelona [Photos] [Video]

    World News Toronto Sun
    BARCELONA, Spain — A white van jumped the sidewalk Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others. Source
  • Justice officials testing waters for sentencing reform promised by Liberals

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- The Justice Department wants to know what Canadians think of changing some of the former Conservative government's controversial tough-on-crime sentencing legacy, including mandatory minimum penalties. An online survey asks respondents to judge several unique scenarios, such as a brain-damaged offender whose condition leads to poor decision-making skills, or a single mother whose children were placed in foster care after her arrest. Source
  • Boston free speech rally to proceed with tight restrictions

    World News CTV News
    Boston has granted permission for an event that organizers are calling a free speech rally but that some people fear is actually a white nationalist rally similar to the one that erupted in violence in Virginia last weekend. Source
  • Live updates from Barcelona: Multiple deaths confirmed in van attack

    World News CTV News
    BARCELONA, Spain - The Latest on the van that ran into a crowd in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Police in Spain have confirmed there are fatalities after a van slammed into pedestrians in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district. Source
  • Students to live with seniors at retirement home in London, Ont.

    Canada News CTV News
    When Western University graduate Heather Gingerich saw a news segment about an Ohio retirement home where music students lived alongside seniors, she was amazed at the electric atmosphere as the young residents conversed with and performed for their older neighbours. Source
  • Alberta woman coaxed teen girls into prostitution

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OKOTOKS -- Helping four teenage girls enter the seedy underworld of prostitution has landed a High River woman a two-year prison sentence. Samantha Pedersen pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge under the Protection of Sexually Exploited Children Act for introducing her victims to prostitution. Source
  • 'Hard to see them die without answers': WSIB commissions new study on McIntyre Powder exposure

    Canada News CBC News
    Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced on Thursday that it will conduct a new independent study to analyze the possible linkage between McIntyre Powder exposure and neurological disease. Tens of thousands of miners were told to protect their lungs from silicosis by inhaling aluminum dust between the 1930s and 1970s. Source
  • Terror in Spain: Multiple fatalities after van plows pedestrians in Barcelona [Photos]

    World News Toronto Sun
    BARCELONA, Spain — A white van jumped the sidewalk Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others. Source