February 23, 2016 / 10:40 AM / 2 years ago

Swedish doctor gets 10 years in prison in bunker kidnap case

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish doctor was sentenced to 10 years in jail for kidnapping a woman and keeping her in a specially constructed sound-proof bunker.

A specially constructed sound-proof bunker (L) is seen in the farm of Swedish doctor Martin Peter Trenneborg in this undated picture received by Reuters on February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Johan Nilsson/TT News Agency

Martin Peter Trenneborg, who held the woman for six days, had admitted to kidnapping her but denied and was acquitted of a rape charge. The prosecutor said he had planned to hold her prisoner as his girlfriend for years.

Stockholm’s District Court said in the verdict the doctor had meticulously planned the deed for a long time.

“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,” it said in a statement.

The doctor, 38, drugged the woman with strawberries spiked with a sedative in Stockholm before bringing her to a purpose-built bunker in his isolated house in southern Sweden, about 550 km (340 miles) away.

The bunker, built during several years, featured electronic locks and had several rooms, a WC and a small enclosed courtyard.

Reporting by Johan Ahlander; editing by Niklas Pollard/Jeremy Gaunt

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