Juliet Kavinga Case: New Evidence Might Send Suspect To Jail
A 34 year old Swedish national suspected to have killed Juliet Kavinga, a Kenyan national, may have been nailed. Police have come up with new evidence that indicates that the man was responsible for killing Juliet in May 2005. Juliet’s decomposed body was discovered floating on Lake Mälaren at Ekerö last July. When the case came to court, the suspect was freed due to lack of enough evidence.
In an Appeal case heard at a Swedish court at Handen on Friday April 13th, new evidence produced by police included a surveillance video footage that showed the Swedish man purchasing a tarpaulin at Claes Olsson Supermarket chain in Farsta. Tarpaulin is the material that was used to wrap Juliet’s body before it was dumped.
The video also shows the suspect and another unidentified man purchasing a rope that was used to tie up Juliet’s body. The two were also shown purchasing a trolley that was used to wheel Juliet from the point of murder to the dumping ground.
At the supermarket, the suspect is seen together with an accomplice evaluating different colours of the tarpaulin before settling for a black one. They discarded a white tarpaulin.
During the trial last year, police produced evidence that showed that items that were used to “pack up Juliet” were purchased at Claes Olsson supermarket but the evidence was dismissed by the trial Judge who argued that there was no evidence to prove that the items were purchased by the suspect. For police investigators, the problem then was that whoever purchased the items used cash, and this made it impossible for the prosecution to link the purchases to an identifiable individual.
During the trial last year, the court was told that the suspect had borrowed 96.000 kr from Nordea bank. The theory of police at that time was that the suspect planned to leave the country. After the trial, police investigation revealed that the suspect had actually borrowed more than 96.000 kr after Juliet disappeared. At City bank, the suspect borrowed 97.000 kr, at City Resor 10.364 kr while he also borrowed another 52.000 kr from G-Capital.
When the suspect was initially interrogated as to where he obtained the huge amount of money, he said that he won a cash lottery from Svenska spel. A letter that was produced in Court from Svenska spel indicated that the suspect had not won a lottery managed by the company.
SEX AND CRIMINALITY SITES VISITTED
At the time the crime was allegedly committed, a scan of sites visited by the suspect revealed that he appeared to have been more interested in “sex related” and criminality sites. For example, he visited 12 adult sites, 5 bank sites while he also visited flashback.se, a site with crime related stories and which could educate a visitor on how to escape with crimes.
The site has a link showing how to obtain an illegal weapon via Post. The point the prosecution tried to make with web sites visited is that the suspect’s surfing habit after he borrowed a huge amount of cash did not point to a person who was about to go on holiday with his children as the suspect had alleged.
The importance of this piece of evidence is that it proved that the suspect lied to police while it also strengthened the prosecution’s theory that the suspect might have planned to leave the country. According to the suspect, he wanted to take his two children on vacation although the prosecution observed that the amount of money that was involved was colossal.
THE SUSPECT “WAS HELPED BY AN ACCOMPLICE”
The most incriminating evidence included phone contacts the suspect had with Juliet during her last moments on earth. At the trial last year, police could only produce the date and time the contacts were made. On Friday, police produced voice recordings of the phone calls making it possible for the Court to gather how the suspect lured Juliet from her flat in Skågos.
The powerful nature of the evidence was such that the suspect’s Lawyer requested that the tapes should not be played. As evidence mounted, the suspect began to respond to the prosecution’s questions with “I don’t know” answers while he also looked disorientated.
A training metal weighing 50 kg was used to sink Juliet’s body at Lake Mälaren. Responding to a question from the prosecutor, the suspect admitted that he had been training at a gym and that he could only lift 40 kg.
When Juliet’s body was discovered, the whole package weighed 81 kg. What this means is that to dump her body, one had to lift a weight of 131 kg. Since the suspect could only lift 40 kg, the prosecution took the position that the suspect must have been helped by an accomplice to carry Juliet’s body from the murder scene to the dumping site.
This theory was important because it strengthened a new piece of evidence that also came up. According to speed limit video cameras mounted on Swedish roads, the car that was hired by the suspect and which is suspected to have been used to dump her body had two occupants.
The video showed that a small lorry (registration number TXH 426) was at the high way in the direction of Ekerö where Juliet’s body was dumped and that it was the suspect who was behind the wheel. The lorry was returned on 15th May 2006 at 18.46 by the suspect ie two days after Juliet disappeared. Judgment will be delivered on Monday April 16th.
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