Lisa Holm and the Skaraborg district court. Photo: Mats Öfwerström/Sveriges Radio.
Lisa Holm and the Skaraborg district court. Photo: Mats Öfwerström/Sveriges Radio.

Lisa Holm murder trial ends

"I'm quite impressed by the family of Lisa Holm, who have been sitting there for five days."
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The trial of a 35-year-old man suspected of the murder of teenager Lisa Holm in June ended on Tuesday afternoon after five days during which the prosecutor presented DNA evidence implicating the defendant.

The 35-year-old continues to deny all charges and his attorney, Inger Rönnbäck, argues that there could be other perpetrators and that her client has been prematurely found guilty by the media.

Both the suspect and Lisa Holm's closest relatives were present during the trial.

"I'm quite impressed by the family of Lisa Holm, who have been sitting there for five days and haven't lost their concentration, being calm, just listening. Just the fact that they can be there for five days is quite strong," Mats Öfverström, reporter at Swedish Radio's local channel in Skaraborg, tells Radio Sweden.

The foreign-born suspect's wife, who had been interrogated several times during the investigation and had refused to testify in the trial, changed her mind on the last day. She briefly testified over the phone with the help of a translator and supported her husband's version that he was at home when the crime was committed.

Lisa Holm's family's attorney claimed that there was a sexual motive behind the murder of the 17-year-old girl, who disappeared in the village of Blomberg (southwest Sweden) in early June, after finishing her shift at a café. She was found dead a few days later on a nearby farm after a massive police search.

"There was no normal sexual intercourse, but they think there is a sexual behavior in the background. A very strange sexual behavior," Öfverström says.

On Wednesday afternoon, the court will decide if the suspect will remain in custody.

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