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Swedish doctor gets time for locking woman up in bunker

February 23, 2016

A Swedish doctor has been sentenced to ten years in prison for kidnapping and locking up a woman in a home-made soundproof bunker. The man wanted to keep the woman as his girlfriend.

Schweden Prozess gegen Martin Trenneborg
Image: picture alliance/dpa/Swedish Police

Prosecutors argued the 38-year-old Martin Trenneborg had methodically planned and executed the woman's abduction, spending several years to design and build the bunker.

"Furthermore, the doctor subjected the victim to serious risks by medicating her and by keeping her locked up in very unpleasant forms in the light and sound proof bunker," Stockholm's District Court said in its verdict.

The doctor met the woman in September for a date in Stockholm, when he drugged her with chocolate covered strawberries spiked with a sedative.

He then disguised himself and the woman using rubber masks and transported her in a wheelchair to his isolated house in southern Sweden.

The prosecutor claimed Trenneborg planned to keep the woman as his girlfriend in the multi-room bunker, which he had outfitted with a toilet and enclosed courtyard.

During the six days of captivity the doctor kept the woman sedated with an intravenous drug.

Trenneborg's perverse plan was only uncovered when he went back to the woman's Stockholm apartment to gather a few of her things, only to find out the police were searching for her.

Panicked, he then took the women to the police to show that she was fine, at which point he was arrested.

Trenneborg admitted to the abduction but denied accusations of rape. The court found insufficient evidence for a rape charge.

cw/rc (AP, Reuters)