Swedish man admits daughter’s ‘honour killing’

A Swedish man has admitted killing his 21-year-old daughter in what is said to be a possible honour killing. According to local newspaper Sodermanland Nyheter, the woman’s body was found in Katrineholm on Monday, November 15, after her father turned himself into the police.

“I am not sure that the case meets all the criteria to be classified as honour-related, but it leans in that direction,” said the man’s lawyer, Bo Johansson. “There was no specific event that triggered the murder, but something has been bottled up in him for a long time. The woman was previously married and there are events in connection with the divorce that may have triggered the whole incident,” he added.

However, according to prosecutor Anna Carlsson Lundh, the motive of the killing is still not clear. “The murder may be honour-related, but the motive could also be something else. We have not restricted ourselves to any one theory. It remains unclear what is behind this crime,” she said.

So far, the police have declined to comment on the subject. “It is too early to divulge any details about what the man said during questioning. I do not want to say anything about the motive for the sake of the investigation. It would be inappropriate,” said Michael Backman, operations director of the county criminal investigation department in Sodermanland. “However, I can say that the man provided information that can be considered an admission,” he added.

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