Gothenburg, Sweden — Deliberations have begun in the trial of a Swedish woman who is accused of using human bones as sex toys.
The 37-year-old was released Friday as deliberations began in Gothenburg District Court. The woman was charged with violating the peace of the dead, and a verdict is expected December 17.
Prosecutor Kristina Ehrenborg-Staffas said, “It’s in no way remarkable that she has been released.”
Investigators said they found 13 teeth, 15 skulls, and 397 bones, all from humans, were found in the woman’s home in September.
The woman’s defense lawyers argued that the prosecutor’s witness testimony was unreliable.
“Witness testimony about sexual activities with the skeleton parts is based on secondhand information which have been shown to be nothing more than drunken rants,” defense attorney Annika Stanislaus said. “Our understanding is that the whole prosecution has tried to show my client as an immoral and horrible person.”
In her closing arguments, Ehrenborg-Staffas said, “She has been a necrophile for many years and this is really about a sex crime.” She has called for the woman to be jailed.
A preliminary psychiatric investigation found that the woman doesn’t suffer from any mental illness.
If found guilty, she faces a maximum of two years in prison.
The prosecution was unable to explain how the woman was able to collect almost an entire human skeleton.
The woman, whose identity has not been revealed, said she hasn’t done anything illegal. She admitted to having the bones, but said she collected them out of a “historical and archaeological interest.”