Sunday 23 October 2016

'Swedish Fritzl': Doctor accused of drugging and raping woman he 'planned to keep in dungeon for years'

Medic alleged to have drugged victim before disguising himself with masks of elderly men to drive her 350 miles to bunker he had spent five years building

Danny Boyle

Published 18/01/2016 | 08:39

Josef Fritzl
Josef Fritzl

A Swedish doctor is accused of raping and kidnapping a woman he planned to hold captive in an underground dungeon for years.

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The medic is alleged to have used strawberries laced with Rohypnol to knock out the 38-year-old before putting her in a wheelchair and driving her to his home.

According to Swedish prosecutors, he had plotted to lock his victim - and possibly others - in the 60 square-metre bunker for "several years".

The doctor, who is also 38 but has not been named by prosecutors, has been dubbed the "Swedish Fritzl" for similarities with the case of Austrian Josef Fritzl, who held his daughter in a dungeon for 24 years.

The Swedish physician is alleged to have raped the woman in her flat before driving her almost 350 miles to a house in Kristianstad, south Sweden, the Aftonbladet website said.

On his way, it is claimed he wore two rubber masks - one of an elderly man and another of a bearded man - that were later found in his bedroom to avoid being identified.

He is alleged to have detained the woman for a week in which he raped and sexually abused her.

Police believe he spent five years constructing the bunker, which had 12-inch concrete walls and a bedroom, toilet and kitchen.

Chief prosecutor Peter Claeson said: "We believe his intention has been to keep the woman locked up for several years.

"We also suspect him of planning this for years. Among other things, he has built the bunker to bring one or more victims."

The doctor is said to have been arrested after panicking when he discovered the woman had been reported missing and drove her to a police station.

He has allegedly admitted drugging, kidnapping and holding the woman against her will, but denies rape.

In March 2009, Fritzl was told he will spend the rest of his life in a top-security psychiatric hospital for murdering a baby boy he fathered during the 24 years he kept his daughter Elisabeth locked up in a cellar.

The 73-year-old was jailed for life after a jury in St Poelten, Austria, unanimously found him guilty of murder at the end of a four-day trial at which he had already admitted incest, rape, false imprisonment and coercion.

The jury also convicted Fritzl of slavery – making him the first man to be convicted of the offence in Austria.

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