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Swedish professor 'cuts off wife's lips and eats them'


A member of the right-wing holds a Swedish flag as he demonstrates against a new mosque at Keillers Park in Gothenburg, southwest Sweden, on May 21, 2011. Around 100 people, many waving Swedish flags and wearing T-shirts with a red line drawn through a picture of the mosque, joined the right-wing demonstration against the building, which is set to be inaugurated next month, police said. At the same time, two separate left-wing marches in favour of the Islamic place of worship drew around 700 people, according to police, although organisers insisted the counter demonstrations attracted some 2,000-2,500 people. AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRAND (Photo credit should read JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)


Jonathan Nackstrand

A Swedish professor cut off his much younger wife's lips with a knife and ate them because he believed she was having an affair, according to a report.

Swedish daily Aftonbladet said the unidentified man, an associate professor at Sweden's prestigious Karolinska Institute, is behind held in police custody on suspicion of attempted murder. 

"He cut off her lips and ate them," a source close to the case told the Swedish newspaper, according to Agence France-Presse. "He doesn't seem to regret anything. He thinks she is the one who has offended him."

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The woman suffered "very serious injuries," her lawyer Ingela Hessius Ekman told Aftonbladet, according to the Mail Online. "The doctors can't yet say whether or not she can be healed."

The professor reportedly has several children from a previous marriage, and just a few weeks after divorcing his first wife he married a much younger woman, Sweden's English-language newspaper The Local reported.

The Mail Online reported that the man admitted to having cut off her lips in retaliation, in a closed court hearing.

He has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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