Locals in Högsbo demonstrate against animal violence and demand action from the police. Photo: Adam Ihse / Scanpix
Högsbo cat killings

Teen cat torturer sentenced to psychiatric care

The 16-year-old-boy who tortured and killed nine cats in Gothenburg has been sentenced to psychiatric care, with the administrative court reserving the right to determine when he can be discharged.

The ruling came today in the Gothenburg District Court.

During the trial, the National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket) suggested that the boy may commit further crimes in the future and should receive psychiatric treatment.

"I am satisfied with the verdict. It is a tragic case with many cat owners affected and a young culprit who was very sick," prosecutor Madeleine Berndt Stragnér told news agency TT.

"This is the best verdict for him. He receives the care he needs while at the same time the risk of relapse is avoided," Berndt Stragnér added.

Between November 2011 and April 2013 eight cats were found killed in the west Gothenburg district of Högsbo. Another cat was also tortured but survived.

The events shocked locals, who organised a protest demanding stronger actions from the police.

According to the prosecutor, the boy strangled the cats and stabbed them in the stomach. A video clip was found in the boy's mobile phone and the police also confiscated a laser pointer, a multitool, four knives, a baton and gloves. The boy apparently used the laser pointer to attract the cats.

He was taken into juvenile care after admitting to the crimes. His mother and siblings were forced to move from their home after receiving murder threats.

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