A SWEDISH court has sentenced to life in prison a man convicted of two racially motivated killings carried out during a spate of sniper attacks that terrified the southern city of Malmoe.
The sentence against Peter Mangs was handed down on Friday after he was declared legally sane.
“The crimes committed by Peter Mangs are characterised by extreme brutality and a total lack of empathy for others,” the judge said in a statement released by the court in Malmoe.
The judge added he believed lifetime prison was “the only possible sentence” for Mangs, who is reportedly unemployed with a history of psychiatric troubles.
Mangs, 40, was found guilty in July of two of the three murders he was charged with, as well as five attempted murders. All the cases involved foreign-looking people.
Kooros Effatian, a 66 year-old Iranian immigrant, was killed at close range in his apartment in June 2003, while Trez West Persson, a 20-year-old Swede, was shot in 2009 as she sat in a car next to a friend of Albanian origin.
Mangs was acquitted of the murder of Firas al-Shariah, a 23-year-old man who was shot dead outside his home in July 2003, and who was buried in Iraq.
Forensic evidence was “central” to the case, the court said, adding that the charges that were dismissed were linked to incidents where the bullets and cartridges found “couldn’t with certainty be linked to any of Peter Mang’s weapons.”
Mangs was also sentenced to pay a total of 1.175 million kronor ($A170,000) to the victims and their families.