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Landskrona murder

Victim's mother and younger brother prime suspects

Published fredag 27 april 2012 kl 15.17

The 16-year-old boy and 39-year-old woman being held in police custody this week on suspicion of murdering a 19-year-old woman in Landskrona are the victim's little brother and mother.

The 19-year-old woman's body was found on Monday. It is suspected that the murder was an honour crime.

Now the government and organisations working with domestic violence are questioning whether the municipality did enough to protect her.

An average of 17 women are murdered each year in Sweden by someone they are close to. According to police, honour-related crimes are committed to protect or restore a family's honour, which is often tied to the woman's sexuality and men's control over it.

Frequently, the motive is that a girl has violated the norms requiring her to enter an arranged marriage.

Police have not yet classified the murder as an honour crime, but lawyer Elisabeth Massi Fritz, who specializes in honour crimes, told TT on Wednesday that everything about it indicates it was honour-related, in which case the 16-year-old held on suspicion of murder would not have been acting alone.

The 39-year-old woman, now known to be the mother of the victim, is suspected to have helped her son kill his sister.

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