Swedish man jailed for attacks on gays he met in chatrooms

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A life sentence has been handed to a Swedish man for his brutal attacks against gay men.

Swedish website The Local reported that the 35-year-old was convicted of killing a man in his own home on December 28th 2007 and of the robbery and attempted murder of a 44-year-old man the day before.

He was also convicted of robbing two men on the ninth and 15th of December, having finished a sentence in January 2007 for similar crimes.

“All the victims were, or are, homosexual,” said public prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad at the man’s indictment hearing, The Local reports.

“He has taken advantage of their sexual preferences and violated them.”

The man met his victims through internet chat sites and gave the impression that he wanted to have sex with them, meeting them in their apartments in Stockholm.

His last victim died from knife wounds and a knife was used in the attempted murder.

The victim received a number of threats and stab wounds, including one on the sole of his foot as he lay naked in bed with his hand tied behind his back.

He also had his wallet, holding 900 kronor (around £75), stolen.

The 35-year-old robbed another man in his apartment, taking his computer, jewellery and several bottles of alcohol, on December 9th.

He has been informed that he is suspected of the murder of a woman in Eslöv in southern Sweden in 2000 and may soon be indicted in that case as well.