Woman locked in 15 square-metre cabin for nine years in Sweden

September 6th, 2008 - 5:39 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sept 6 (ANI): A woman suffering from multiple sclerosis was imprisoned for nine years in a small cabin in south-central Sweden, the police has reported.

The woman is believed to have been held by her 58-year-old partner in a cabin measuring 15 square metres in Eksjo, in south-central Sweden since 1999.

The man has been ordered by a court to be held in custody, local media reported, reports the Mirror.

He has, however, denied all charges.

The woman weighed less than 40 kilos when she was admitted to hospital earlier this week, Swedish television channel SVT reported on its website.

A prosecutor told news agency TT there was no indication this was due to ill treatment, but rather to her illness.

In a further twist to the case, authorities have not been able to verify the identity of the 58-year-old. The identity he provided to the police was that of a man who was declared dead eight years ago, according to official records. (ANI)

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