Psychiatrists find German accused of killing toddlers accountable

26th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

The 32-year-old student has denied she attacked the children and their mother in Arboga, central Sweden on March 17.

Stockholm -- A German woman charged with beating to death two toddlers in Sweden in March was found to be accountable for her actions, according to an evaluation by forensic psychiatrists released Thursday.

The 32-year-old student has denied she attacked the children and their mother in Arboga, central Sweden on March 17.

The psychiatric evaluation was ordered after closing arguments in August to determine if the woman was suffering from a mental disorder.

She was extradited to Sweden at the end of April and the lengthy trial opened in July with more than 50 witnesses summoned. The prosecution relied on witnesses in the case because of lack of forensic evidence and DNA linking the accused to the crime scene.

Prosecutor Frieda Gummesson, who called for a life sentence in her closing arguments last month, has described the attack as a crime of jealousy, with the German woman having refused to accept that her ex-boyfriend had begun a new relationship with the mother of the two children.

The defense has meanwhile questioned the ability of the 23-year-old mother, who sustained injuries in the attack, to accurately remember details of the attack in which her children -- ages one and three -- were beaten to death with a heavy object.

The district court in Vasteras, was expected to reconvene October 8 for verdict and sentencing.

DPA/Expatica

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