Skeleton parts found in the woman's flat in Bergsjön in Gothenburg. Photo: The police
Day One - Skeleton sex trial

"I am not sexually interested in skeletons"

"I am not sexually interested in skeletons"
2:25 min

The trial has begun in western Sweden today of a 37-year-old woman accused of engaging in sexual activities with a human skeleton and could face two years in prison for disturbing the peace of the dead. Parts of the trial, involving two witnesses for the prosecution, were held behind closed doors this morning while this afternoon the defendant gave evidence and said her interest in skeletons was purely academic.

Prosecutor Kristina Ehrenborg-Staffs says that they have evidence that the woman used the bones for sexual activities. She said in court this morning that one of her witnesses was not going to come to trial.  

Swedish Radio news reports that two of the woman's friends have told police about her interest in necrophilia. One of them has worked at an elderly care home and tells that the accused offered money to come in and watch the residents when they passed away. A claim denied by the accused.

This afternoon it was the turn of the 37-year- old defendant's lawyer Annika Stanislaus to present her case.

News agency TT reports that Stanislaus said that her client was a woman with a great interest in history, archeology and forensic medicine. She is also a woman who hoards things, such as skeletal parts and weapons.

Stanislaus told the court that she challenged the prosecution's photographic evidence of the woman's face with the skeletal parts found in the flat. She said the the probability of the woman in the picture was the accused was "zero".

The bones that were siezed by police, she said, were bought online and the defendant thought that the parts were more than 100 years old.

Taking the stand herself, the 37-year-old woman said that the pictures found in her flat showing people who had been killed in road trafic accidents or films of people committing suicide was material to be used in a novel. Asked why her computer was encrypted, she said that she was interested in "data privacy".

She denies that she used the skeletal parts as sex toys, saying that she had "no interest in that sort of thing".

Asked whether she dug up the skeletons from graves, she said- " I do not have a shovel".

Pre-trial, the woman was not found to have acted by compulsion and was therefore considered legally sane

The case will conclude on Friday.

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