The kidnapped 25-year-old was held captive in a chilled out room in northern Sweden for about a week. Photo: Police/Scanpix
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Eight years in prison for Uppsala kidnapping

A district court in Uppsala sentenced a 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman to eight years in prison on Tuesday for the spectacular kidnapping of a 25-year-old student in Uppsala late last year. The court did not accept the story that it was a publicity stunt involving the kidnapped student who is the son of a wealthy businessman.

A third suspect, a 26-year-old man who was guarding the student in the house, has admitted to his part in the crime. He will be examined by a forensic psychiatrist before he is sentenced, as there have been signs that he may be mentally ill.

During the trial, the three suspects all gave differing accounts of the background to the story, but the court went along with the prosecution's description of events. This has also been supported - in parts - by what the 26-year-old so called "prison guard" has admitted to.

According to the police investigation, the 25-year-old student put to sleep on the night between the 28th and 29th of December with a sleeping drug that the young woman had baked in a pie. Taped onto a wheelchair he was then driven in the back of a van to the very north of Sweden, where he was held captive in a remote house with no heating and very little food.

On the 2nd of January the now sentenced couple was arrested. Police had tracked down the mobile phone of the kidnapped student, which was found in the back seat of the couple's car, when they were driving between Stockholm and Uppsala. Three days later, the kidnapped student was found, and the third suspect, the so called "prison guard" was arrested.

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