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How not to murder your spouse

By Kerces - 28 May 2006 3

A few months ago a man was arrested in Sweden for the murder of his Canberran-raised wife you may or may not remember this because by some oversight, RA failed to cover the story). The dismembered body of 38-year-old Nina Peltonen was found in a frozen lake near Stockholm in March.

On Saturday the Canberra Times ran a story with some of the details emerging from the trial of Janne Tapio Tuomela, Ms Peltonen’s husband and the father of her two sons. It appears that Mr Tuomela took his boys shopping, after allegedly beating his wife over the head with a frying pan and stabbing her, for the electric saw, plastic bags and washing liquid which he used in disposing of the body.

He also seems to have been at a loss in planning this disposal, and turned to the internet for help.

Police found evidence that Tuomela was searching the Internet for terms including “murdered his wife”, drinking Jack Daniels and cola while Ms Peltonen slept in a nearby room.

According to Swedish tabloid Expressen, neighbours reported hearing “heartbreaking cries from a woman” about 4am on March 11.

Just 15 minutes later, Tuomela entered the terms “blood stains” and “fabric cleaning” into Google, according to police evidence.

He allegedly told police that he cleared up the blood and put his partner’s body on the balcony.

On March 12, Tuomela’s Internet searches allegedly included “woman murder without body”, “dismembering” and “body in hole in ice”.

And the lesson from all this? If you’re going to murder your partner, be sure to do the research well in advance. And preferably on a public computer.

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3 Responses to
How not to murder your spouse
Thumper 8:51 am 29 May 06

What an incredibly stupid person….

caf 11:17 pm 28 May 06

Simple but stupid. If there’s no sliding scale of penalties for murder, then you get the “nothing to lose” syndrome – once someone’s killed one person there’s nothing to discourage them from trying to “shoot their way out”.

shauno 10:55 pm 28 May 06

All people convicted of murder should get life in gaol. And life means life no parole. Its quiet simple if you dont want to spend the rest of your life in gaol then dont kill any body. How easy is that legislation. I have noticed over the years that Australia has the most relaxed penalties when it comes to violent crime then just about anywhere on the planet. And ive been to more the 60 countries and have lived in a few besides Aussie.

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