The dungeon where a woman was reportedly held for almost a week
The dungeon where a woman was reportedly held for almost a week Image courtesy of Swedish Police Authority

Swedish doctor arrested for Fritzl-like kidnapping

A SWEDISH doctor has been charged with kidnapping, drugging and raping a woman who was held hostage in a dungeon-like bunker for almost a week.

The woman, who is in her 30s, was reportedly kidnapped from her home in Stockholm after being drugged with Rohypnol-laced strawberries and raped.

She was then driven almost 350 miles to the bunker in Kristianstad, where she was held captive for six days.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported that the woman's attacker used two rubber masks, later found by police, to disguise himself during the car journey.

The doctor, who has not been named, reportedly intended to keep the victim captive for 'several years' in the purpose-built bunker that it is believed he began constructing more than five years ago.

During the six days the woman was held captive, it is alleged she was assaulted, drugged and forced to take the contraceptive pill, in an attack reminiscent of Austrian Josef Fritzl, who was arrested in 2008 after imprisoning his daughter for more than 24 years in a prison beneath his family home.

Her ordeal reportedly only came to an end after her attacker realised police were searching for her, and she was taken to a Stockholm police station on September 19 where it is believed she was urged to tell police she was fine.

However, police became suspicious and questioned the woman further, after which she reportedly told them about the attack and the doctor was arrested.

It is believed police found used condoms and remnants of the drug-laced strawberries along with syringes and a gun when they searched the dungeon.

The man has admitted drugging the woman, kidnapping and imprisoning her, but denies raping her, according to Swedish media.