The infamous serial rapist Niklas Lindgren, featured below, will be allowed to return to Umeå when he is released from prison this summer, a court ruled on Friday.
In December 2005 he brutally raped a woman under a bridge in central Umeå. The woman was severely beaten and amongst other things got one of her ears bitten off.
In July 2006 Lindgren was sentenced to 14 years in jail but after serving two-thirds of his punishment he is set to be released on parole at the end of July.
Originally he wasn’t supposed to be allowed to return to Umeå during his first year on parole but Lindgren appealed the decision by the Swedish Prison and Probation Service.
The committee argued that the risk was too high he would reoffend.
But Umeå District Court tore up the decision on Friday, saying it would not be correct to geographically restrict Lindgren’s parole because he was not deemed a threat to a specific woman.
“I understand the court’s reasoning and think it is an accurate assessment. There is no specific woman in the area concerned who is at greater risk, but all women no matter where they live, are at risk of the Haga Man,” former head prosecutor Sven-Erik Alhem told Swedish newswire TT on Friday.
Lindgren raped five women between 1999 and 2005, causing widespread fear among residents in Umeå. He was also found guilty of trying to drown one of his victims, a 51-year-old woman, in the Umeå River in 2005 and trying to kill one of his victims in 1999.
A long and complex police investigation led to the arrest of the then 33-year-old father-of-two in March 2006. Police were able to link his DNA to a number of the rapes.
Worth noting is that the Swedish press have no qualms about publishing the picture and name of the rapist, a practice which seems to be reserved for criminals with Swedish origin.